In a recent interview with Total Film, dune Director Denis Villeneuve has raised hopes for the possible sequel to Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary’s latest film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic science fiction novel. While the project has not yet received a formal contract from the studios, the acclaimed filmmaker confirmed that he has already started writing the script for the sequel he would name Dune: part 2.

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“I write [Part Two] now, and I feel like I’m eight years old again, ”said Villeneuve. “That is very unusual for me. It’s the first time I’ve experienced it when I see one of my films and I have a moment of deep gratitude, deep joy, and I say, ‘Thank you, life, for allowing myself to make this the screen.’ [laughs] I don’t know how other people will feel about it. But me? Denis Villeneuve when he was 14 years old? Thanks very much.”

Villeneuve also expressed how much both studios love and are proud of the outcome of the highly anticipated film, which is why he is very optimistic that the potential sequel will eventually get the green light.

“We have heard over the past few decades that it is not possible to adapt this book and that it is an impossible task. I think it’s still the same in the back of the studio’s mind, ”he continued. “The first thing you had to do was prove that there was a nice, popular movie there could be, and I think I proved it – everyone at Warner Bros and Legendary is 100 percent behind the project. They think that it would take a really bad result at the box office to fail Dune: part 2because they love the movie. They’re proud of the movie so they want the movie to move forward. And they still made half of it. So, you know, I’m very optimistic. “

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Based on Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel, dune Villeneuve is directing and executive producer based on a script that he wrote with Jon Spaihts and Eric Roth. It is produced by Cale Boyter, Joe Caracciolo Jr., and Mary Parent. Oscar-winning and multiple Oscar-nominated composer Hans Zimmer (Blade Runner 2049) creates the score.