With Dune: Half Two 4 weeks away, Warner Bros. is deep of their advertising marketing campaign of what they hope will probably be an enormous hit. The studio may be very assured within the film and has already began to display it to chose press who’re presupposed to do interviews within the coming weeks. Different members of the media will get to see it over the month of February. However with the sequel to the 2021 movie about to come back out, the query turns into what would be the subsequent challenge from Denis Villeneuve?
In a brand new profile interview with TIME Journal (through World of Reel), Villeneuve confirmed that he has three tasks that he’s engaged on on the identical time. First, there may be the third movie within the Dune saga, which has been buzzed about for months now and which was contemplated beneath Timothée Chalamet’s contract. Dune: Messiah would full Villeneuve’s time on this world, he confirmed, including: “Going past that, even when different administrators take over, may very well be IP overkill.”
The studio is so assured in Dune: Half Two that they’re concerned in energetic discussions in regards to the threequel, which Villeneuve could be early-prepping now. WB apparently is eyeing a 2027 launch window, Jeff Sneider reported through his e-newsletter. However Villeneuve has been vocal about wanting to remain out of this world for one movie earlier than coming again. Two choices have been on the desk for years.
First, there may be the brand new model of Cleopatra, which Villeneuve has been circling for over six years. In line with TIME, 1917 and Final Night time in Soho‘s Krysty Wilson-Cairns is writing the script, taking on for David Scarpa (Napoleon). The challenge was as soon as in competitors with Patty Jenkins’ Cleopatra film, which was to star Gal Gadot. Jenkins needed to depart resulting from scheduling points with Star Wars: Rogue Squadron and Surprise Girl 3, with Kari Skogland stepping in. However neither of Jenkins’ movies occurred, and Skogland’s hiring was the final bit of reports we heard about that challenge. (Charles Roven instructed The Hollywood Reporter final 12 months that it was nonetheless in improvement, however stalled; Skogland has since shot a Wind River sequel.)
But when Villeneuve needs to do Dune: Messiah in a not-so-distant future, maybe doing Cleopatra first appears too bold. (There have been some rumors about Zendaya and Timothée Chalamet headlining that film, however Villeneuve’s reps apparently shot them down.) Proper after Dune: Half One got here out, although, Villeneuve’s identify was on the information as being hooked up to a different huge challenge: an adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s Rendezvous With Rama.
That challenge can be within the scripting section, and Villeneuve would apparently be teaming up with Eric Roth as soon as once more. Roth, who wrote Killers of the Flower Moon and co-wrote each Dune motion pictures with Villeneuve, had teased a brand new sci-fi challenge with Villeneuve final 12 months that sounds lots like Clarke’s novel: “I simply wrote a film for Denis Villeneuve… We’ll see what finally ends up taking place with it, however it’s about house and time, and it’s very lonely. It’s actually about eternity.”
We would get extra particulars within the coming weeks. Dune: Half Two is due out on March 1.
Miguel Fernández is a Spanish scholar that has motion pictures as his second ardour in life. His favourite film of all time is The Lord of the Rings, however he’s additionally an enormous Star Wars fan. Nonetheless, fantasy motion pictures are usually not his solely cup of tea, as authors like Scorsese, Fincher, Kubrick or Hitchcock have been an obsession for him since he began to grasp the language of filmmaking. He’s that man who will watch a black and white film, simply because it’s in black and white.