“Dune” Sequel Officially in Development, Set for 2023 Release Date

Rebecca Ferguson and Timothée Chalamet in
Rebecca Ferguson and Timothée Chalamet in "Dune"

Dune became such a colossal hit since its release that it was just a matter of time before its sequel was announced. That moment is finally here, as Legendary and Warner Bros. gave Denis Villeneuve a green light to develop the second chapter of this epic story.

The acclaimed filmmaker will return as screenwriter and director of Dune: Part Two, set to be released on October 20, 2023, and he couldn’t be more excited to start work on this sequel.

“It was a dream of mine to adapt Frank Herbert’s Dune, and I have the fans, the cast, and crew, Legendary and Warner Bros. to thank for supporting this dream. This is only the beginning,” said Villeneuve in a statement.

Toby Emmerich, chairman of Warner Bros Picture Group, echoed his words and praised the Canadian director for crafting “a film that is both visually extraordinary and emotionally transporting, as evidenced by its global success both critically and at the box office.”

Dune had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival in early September, before heading to American theaters on October 22. It serves as the adaptation to Frank Herbert’s seminal novel of the same name, and it grossed $223.2 million worldwide so far.