Denis Villeneuve has already spoken in depth about want to cover more ground from Frank Herbert’s extensive book series then Dunes continued but it looks like he and screenwriter Jon Spaihts plan to stay on Arrakis same longer.
Villeneuve had recently spoken of wanting to make a Dunes next after Dune: part two which will cover the second Dunes novel, dune messiah. In an interview with The reading listSpaihts confirms this plan.
“dune messiah picks up years after the close of Dunes, and yes, Denis also seriously talked about making this film, as a conclusion to the trilogy,” he says. “dune messiah is a very interesting book which in some ways deconstructs Dunes and plays like a cautionary tale, even more than Dunes fact, about the dangers of mixing religion and politics, the dangers of following charismatic leaders, and the dangerous struggle that is still alive between the individual and institutions.
When asked if the second movie would hint at what’s to come dune messiah, Spaihts says he believes him. He adds, “There are a few tantalizing strands that lead into the future and suggest that we may not be done with this universe, despite the fact that the end of Dunes like a novel, which will be the end of the second film, is a very satisfying conclusion. There are a number of ways the book also hits ominous notes, and there are hints of foreboding about what’s yet to come.
It also gives updates on HBO Max Dunes series, Dune: brotherhood. Spaihts, who was originally set to be the showrunner, stepped down to work on Dunes, with Diane Ademu-John taking over. Although Spaihts notes that he is “not allowed to talk much about it”, he says the series “continues”.
Although he is no longer involved with the show, he says he was “moved to work”. NOTnot only on Dune: part twobut to explore other cinematographic perspectives in the Dunes universe”, so it is very possible that Dune passes the star wars road, with multiple spin-offs and sequels.
Maybe Villeneuve was right when he said that his Dunes would become a “star wars for adults” (however, come on man, star wars is for everyone).