Before Dune wins any one of the 10 Oscars for which it’s nominated, filmmaker Denise Villeneuve is already in prep on the second half of the Frank Herbert classic.
Oscar-nominated Dune producer Mary Parent already told us that a fall shoot is being eyed. The production is bound to return to Jordan, where Villeneuve, the cast and crew worked overnight and the early mornings to avoid the scorching temperatures while mounting the initial $165M production.
“It’s going to be another beautiful journey in the desert again,” Villeneuve told us tonight at the PGA Awards where he’s up for Best Picture along with the pic’s producer Parent. Legendary’s Vice Chairman of Worldwide Production also is being lauded with the David O. Selznick Achievement Award tonight.
“It’s the journey where Paul Atreides and his mother, Lady Jessica, make contact with the Fremen culture and meet with the Fremen,” the filmmaker teased about Part 2. “It’s Paul’s journey against the enemy.”
He added, “It’s a movie that will be more cinematic.”
And, of course, more sandworm.
In regards to the HBO Max spinoff series Dune: The Sisterhood, Villeneuve has no oversee; he’s strictly focused on the feature sequel and after that with the franchise. “We’ll see what happens,” he said.
“The TV series is a work in progress, it’s moving forward,” Villeneuve told Deadline. It was last reported that Diane Ademu-John was hired as the series showrunner.
In regards to Florence Pugh in talks to play Princess Irulan Corrino, the eldest daughter to Emperor Shaddam Corrino IV, and the future spouse of Timothee Chalamet’s Paul, which Deadline first reported, Villeneuve simply responded, “There’s been rumors.”
Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment’s Dune is up for 10 Oscars and is the only Oscar nominee this year to gross in the triple digits at the box office ($400.5M WW). Villeneuve is nominated for Dune in the Best Picture and Adapted Screenplay categories at the Oscars.
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