The postponement of Dune 2 has created a considerable gap for the enthusiasts, particularly as they await the third. While Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi novel, Dune: Messiah, for a third film has not been officially confirmed, the filmmaker has consistently expressed his aspiration to bring the follow-up. The fate of the trilogy hinges on the success of Dune Part Two at the box office.
The prolonged wait for Dune 3 is attributed to the series of delays that plagued Dune 2 since its confirmation. Initially slated for release on October 20, 2023, Warner Bros. and Legendary later rescheduled it to November 17. Despite a subsequent adjustment two weeks earlier, the studios opted for another delay, pushing Dune 2 to March 15, 2024. This extended waiting period not only affects Dune 3 but underscores the challenges faced by the franchise in recent years.
A 12-Year Gap Between Dune 2 And the Potential Dune 3
For those anticipating the arrival of Dune 3, the challenge lies in the narrative requirements of the source material. It stipulates a significant time gap between it and Dune 2. The potential adaptation of Dune: Messiah is expected to remain true to Frank Herbert’s novel. However, to accurately portray the subsequent events in Dune 3, a 12-year hiatus after Part 2 is essential. This extended waiting period is necessary as the next book continues Paul Atreides’ story much later than Dune 2. Consequently, the approximately two-and-a-half-year wait for Dune, post-delays, appears comparatively brief.
While Dune 2 incorporates a smaller time jump within the film itself, initially picking up Paul’s narrative immediately after the conclusion of Dune, a similar approach won’t be taken for the development of Dune 3. The storyline of Dune: Messiah delves into Paul’s tenure as the new Emperor and his acceptance of the role as the Fremen’s messiah, the Lisan al Gaib. This narrative arc reintroduces Chani and Irulan, both playing pivotal roles in shaping the trajectory of Paul’s life. The passage of time in Dune 3 enables the exploration of a distinct facet of Paul’s character. It also facilitates a transformation in the state of the galaxy under his rule.
Dune 3 Will Take A Long Time, Even If Not 12 Years
The likelihood of Warner Bros., Legendary, and Denis Villeneuve waiting over a decade to make Dune 3 is pretty low in reality. Hollywood does not typically wait this long to make sequels to franchises that are presently popular. Primarily because of the fear that audiences will lose interest if too many years pass without a new installment. Even if Dune: Messiah‘s adaptation comes out before 2036 (which would be 12 years after Part Two), some amount of time should pass before the movie is made. The cast at least needs to age up a few years to believably play the characters when Dune 3 comes around.