Film still from Dune with actors Timothée Hal Chalamet and Zendaya



Denis Villeneuve is working on the script for a sequel to Dune.

While the chance of a follow-up to the much-delayed sci-fi blockbuster is wholly dependent on the first's box-office success, the director is positive about its prospects.

Villeneuve told Total Film, "So the first thing was to prove that there was a beautiful, popular movie that can exist. And I think that I proved that – everybody at Warner Bros and Legendary, they are 100 per cent behind the project. They feel that it would need a really bad outcome at the box office to not have a Dune: Part Two, because they love the movie. They are proud of the movie, so they want the movie to move forward. And they still did half of it. So, you know, I’m very optimistic."

"I’m writing [Part Two] now, and I feel like I’m eight years old again," Villeneuve continued. "That’s very uncommon for me. It’s the first time I’ve experienced it where I’m watching one of my movies, and I have a moment of deep gratitude, of deep joy, and I say, ‘Thank you, life, for having allowed me to bring that to the screen.’ [laughs] I don’t know how other people will feel about it. But me? Denis Villeneuve when he was 14 years old? Thank you.”

A few month's ago, Collider spoke to the movie's co-screenwriter Eric Roth about the scope of this year's movie: "It’s completely the first half. Yeah. I didn't know when we started, so I think I adapted a little more than the first half and started going into the second half of the book. But I've seen the film, it's pretty much the first half."

As for the second half, it seems Roth plans to move on, though the bones are there. "I [wrote] a treatment to show the [Frank Herbert] estate what we could do with the second half, but I’ve got to tell you that I think I've done as much as I can do. I also have other things I want to do. I'm 76 years old, and these things obviously take a long time to do. And so I have a few others I'm excited about. And hopefully people love Dune so much that they do want to have a second part, and I'm sure Denis would do amazing version of that."

A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence—a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential—only those who can conquer their fear will survive.

Directed by Blade Runner 2049's Denis Villeneuve, Dune stars Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides, Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica, Oscar Isaac as Duke Leto Atreides, Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck, Chang Chen as Dr Yueh, Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho, Sharon Duncan-Brewster as Liet-Kynes, Charlotte Rampling as Reverend Mother Mohiam, Zendaya as Chani, Javier Bardem as Stilgar, Dave Bautista as Glossu ‘Beast’ Rabban, Stellan Skarsgård as Baron Harkonnen

Dune is due out on October 22.