When Warner Brothers announced that their slate of 2021 films would debut both in theaters and HBO Max, many were worried that the big screen adaptation of Frank Herbert’s DUNE directed by Denis Villeneuve would not find the audience that the film would need to allow for the story to continue, but now it looks like audiences will be able to return to Arakkis in 2023.

The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline are both reporting that Villeneuve’s dream of completing his sequel and continuation of the DUNE story has been realized with the announcement that the second film has been greenlit by Legendary and Warner Brothers with a release date of October 23, 2023.

“I just received news from Legendary that we are officially moving forward with Dune: Part Two,” Villeneuve said in a statement. “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.”

Legendary also released a statement saying; “Legendary is pleased to officially move forward with Dune: Part Two … once again based on the amazing books written by Frank Herbert.”

DUNE stars Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides, and featured a sprawling cast that included Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Jason Momoa, Josh Brolin and Zendaya. 

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