Dune Director Nearly Ended Movie at a later point in the book

Filmmaker Denis Villeneuve made it clear from the start that his goal with his adaptation of Frank Herbert’s film Dune was to split the overall narrative into two parts, with the director noting recently that the end of the theatrical release was what felt most natural to him, but that he was fondling the idea of ​​pushing his conclusion a little deeper into the material. source. Arguably the biggest challenge in bringing the story to life was how dense the original narrative is, with these recent comments confirming the challenges of how to deliver audiences two independent and compelling experiences that complement each other instead of each other. feel like a partially fulfilling experience.

WARNING: Spoilers below for Dune

In the film, we last see Paul (Timothee Chalamet) and Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson) take on the Fremen to embark on a journey in accepting the customs of Indigenous cultures.

“My first intuition was to break there. And then we also tried to break a little later”, confirms Villeneuve with Empire. “Because in the book there’s a natural moment – there’s like a two-year gap or something. But it didn’t work because it was really like the very end of two hours. and a half you were suddenly starting a new story – which is that of Paul and Jessica being introduced to the Fremen culture and accepted by the Fremen. It was like the start of a new chapter, which felt very heavy at the end. of the … I am positively 100% convinced that we stayed at the right time, where we finally feel that Paul has [gone] to be a boy to an adult, and to have completed this whole arc of this first part. “

What made Villeneuve’s adaptation seem even more of a gamble was that studio Warner Bros. hadn’t committed to developing the second half of the story, leaving audiences to wonder if the story would ever be over. Thankfully, just days after the first film hit theaters, the studio confirmed that Dune: part two Not only was it moving forward, but that it had a release date of October 20, 2023.

Dune is in theaters and on HBO Max now. Dune: part two is expected to start filming next year.

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