Director Denis Villeneuve promised to adapt Frank Herbert’s great science fiction novel only if Warner Bros. allowed him to make not one but two films. About this idea (the guarantee of a sequel) is that the Canadian directed Dune, the epic film that this week hits commercial theaters after the delays of COVID-19. Consequently, do not be surprised if its outcome depends on a peculiar cliffhanger that paves the way for a continuation. At the end of the day, that was always the filmmaker’s plan and it seems that the distributor is absolutely willing to respect the agreement.
Ann Sarnoff, President of Warner Bros. Entertainment, recently spoke with Deadline and part of the talk revolved around Dune. Specifically, about what possibilities exist for the company to give a green light to a second party. To date, no confirmation has emerged and Sarnoff did not want to grant a forceful response to the news portal either. On the other hand, his words – with which he alludes to an open ending of Dune– suggest that Warner is absolutely willing to allow Denis Villeneuve his coveted sequel.
«Will we have a sequel to Dune? If you watch the movie, you see how it ends. I think you know the answer to that«, Commented the executive (via).
In December 2020, Villeneuve himself stated that a continuation of his most recent film ran the risk of never happening. That was due to Warner’s controversial hybrid model, consisting of giving it simultaneous release in theaters and in streaming to all their 2021 titles, including Dune. Through a public letter, the director spoke of digital platforms as “strong and positive ecosystems that add to film and television.” However, he specified that they were not an option for large-scale productions, which when debuting in catalogs of video on demand, were at the mercy of piracy and lost strength at the box office.
From this week, Dune It will be available on the HBO Max platform in the United States for a month, along with its exhibition in theaters. Due to this circumstance, Villeneuve originally believed that Warner had boycotted the performance of his film and “killed” a potential franchise.
«I want the public to understand that the streaming It alone cannot sustain the film industry as we knew it before COVID. The streaming can produce great content, but not movies of the scale and scope of Dune. WB’s decision means that Dune it will not have the opportunity to perform properly, this because being accessible to piracy, it will ultimately triumph. Warner Bros. has probably killed the franchise of Dune«Wrote the Canadian (via).
However, the CEO of WarnerMedia, Jason kilar, commented this week to Deadline that the collections of Dune they will not define if the sequel is viable or not. He asserted that the study’s decisions “are well informed and are based on audience response, not just box office«. So even if the sci-fi film doesn’t generate optimal revenue, perhaps its popularity is what keeps the franchise alive. At the moment, Villeneuve’s film already accumulates 129 million dollars globally.
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Dune arrives in Mexican theaters this Thursday, October 21. Its cast is made up of Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya, Oscar Isaac, Jason Momoa, Stella Skarsgård, Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem and Dave Bautista.
The Warner Bros. entry hints that there will be a sequel to Dune, which was first published on Cinema PREMIERE.