Denis Villeneuve Wanted to Film His Two ‘Dune’ Movies at the Same Time, but the Plan Got Axed

Denis Villeneuve Wanted to Film His Two ‘Dune’ Movies at the Same Time, but the Plan Got Axed
Filmmaker Denis Villeneuve agreed to direct “Dune” for Warner Bros. and Legendary on one condition: that the studios would allow him to split Frank Herbert’s science-fiction novel into two parts. The studios agreed, and thus Villeneuve’s upcoming “Dune” begins with a title card that actually reads “Dune: Part One.” A second “Dune” film is now being written, but Warner Bros. has yet to officially greenlight the project. In a new interview with Variety, Villeneuve confirmed his original plan to film both “Dune” films at once (think Peter Jackson shooting all three “Lord of the Rings” films simultaneously).

“I wanted at the beginning to do the two parts simultaneously,” Villeneuve said. “For several reasons, it didn’t happen, and I agreed to the challenge of making part one and then wait to see if the movie rings enough enthusiasm. As I was doing the the first part, I
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