It didn’t take long to greenlight a follow-up to Denis Villeneuve’s Dune. Legendary Pictures has confirmed plans to release Dune: Part Two, saying it was “excited to the continue the journey.” The studio expects the movie to premiere October 20th, 2023, and it’s safe to presume Part Two will cover the back half of Frank Herbert’s classic novel.
The move isn’t shocking. Villeneuve clearly wanted to finish telling Paul Atreides’ story, but the movie also fared better than expected. Deadlinenoted that Dune racked up $41 million at the domestic box office during its opening weekend. That’s not as strong as movies like Shang-Chi ($71.4 million) and a far cry from pre-pandemic openings, but it’s the best opening for a Warner Bros. movie with simultaneous theatrical and HBO Max releases this year.
It’s not yet clear how much the HBO Max launch helped (or hindered) Dune‘s theatrical premiere. However, Villeneuve won’t have to worry about a simultaneous streaming release for Part Two. Warner Bros. is returning to theater-first openings starting in 2022. Like it or not, you’ll have to brave the crowds and buy tickets if you insist on watching the follow-up as soon as possible.