This is news that may not please Denis Villeneuve! At war with streaming, the director could see the promise of a second Dune opus reduced to nothing. Indeed, the Warner seems to want to wait for the results of the first film before giving up its fire definitive green for a suiyou. All Yet seemed validated, Villeneuve himself having announced the start of a next component . But the studio prefers to play the card of caution. Given the pharaonic budget requested by such a production, no wonder the producers are for the moment "reasonable" on the issue.
Dune 2 may never see the light of day - Credit: Warner Bros
Even if Dune should logically be on top of the global box office, things are not that simple. Between fierce competition and the ever-lurking pandemic, "better not sell bear skin before you've killed it" as the old saying goes.
Dune 2: A compromised sequel?
For the moment, all the indicators seem favorable to this project. HBO Max has just launched a spin-off called The SisterHood. So what is Warner waiting for to validate a potential sequel? A success ? The standards are very different since the global pandemic. Are we talking about economic spinoffs or popular exhalation? Usually, when a film does not meet its audiences in theaters, itis often shunned on streaming services. So with a double exit, the cards are once again redistributed.
For its part, the team is already ready. For Chalamet, a sequel would simply be “a dream”. Villeneuve, for his part, continues to attack Warner over its business strategy. According to His words, the studio is using a ready excuse to easily promote its platform of films on demand. Legal proceedings could even be initiated, according to several specialized media. So between internal conflicts and uncertainty, as much to say that nothing is won for the moment!
It only remains to follow the first results of Dune to guess the desend of this potential new franchise . Villeneuve had already tried to shoot the two films at the same time, to no avail. And the Warner seems to want to put a few sticks in its wheels. Some see it as barely concealed revenge. Others fully understand this economic and legitimate decision.