Paul Atreides stands before a mass of warriors, even greater in number than reports had indicated. When he came to the planet Arrakis, Paul was just another human, someone who will die, just like his father Leto and his grandfather Paulus, and he only knew the Fremen from his studies and holofilms. But the Fremen see him not as Paul, but as Muad’Dib. And Muad’Dib cannot be stopped, certainly not by the machinations of the Harkonnens, nor by their masters, Emperor Shaddam Corrino IV and the powerful trade group CHOAM.
Okay, that might be a very extra way to start a production update, but it’s hard not to think of the battle between creatives and business people in grand terms during this moment for the industry and in regards to Dune. For months now, the Writers Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild have been on strike, demanding a fairer share of the profits generated by their work. But the studios represented by the AMPTP would like to keep the overwhelming majority of the profits and refuse to budge.
Part of the strike involves a restriction against writers and actors promoting their work. And despite the success of 2022’s Dune, a large part of Dune: Part Two‘s appeal is its all-star cast, which has added from the first movie hot commodities such as Florence Pugh and Austin Butler. Because Warner Bros. cannot use these actors to market the sequel, its executives have decided to push back the release date of Dune: Part Two to 2024, thus killing the momentum of people returning to theaters after COVID.
But despite setbacks with the sequel, Dune director Denis Villeneuve still has his eyes on the future. Speaking with Empire, Villeneuve revealed that he sees Dune not as a two-parter, but as a trilogy. “If I succeed in making a trilogy, that would be the dream,” the Canadian director admitted. In fact, the possibility of Dune: Part Three is more than just a dream. “I will say, there are words on paper,” Villeneuve revealed.