Part 2 movie gets the nod from Warner Bros.

(Adds details on the box office and content of ‘Dune’, details on the release of the sequel)

LOS ANGELES, Oct.26 (Reuters) – Film studio Warner Bros. announced on Tuesday that it will release a second “Dune” movie in October 2023.

The first part of the sci-fi epic, directed by Denis Villeneuve and one of the most anticipated films of 2021, hit theaters in North America last week and grossed $ 41 million during of its opening weekend.

The film, which cost around $ 165 million to produce, also performed well overseas and grossed nearly $ 225 at the box office worldwide.

Villeneuve has always said he was considering a second movie but Warner Bros. had not committed to the project until Tuesday.

Warner Bros. has stated that “Dune: Part Two” will be released exclusively in theaters. The first film was released simultaneously in theaters and on the HBO Max streaming service.

Villeneuve insisted the two-and-a-half-hour film, which has been praised for its stunning graphics, should be seen on the big screen rather than at home.

“Dune” presented a cast of stars including Timothee Chalamet , Zendaya and Jason Momoa. The casting of the second part has not been announced.

The film was the latest attempt to turn Frank Herbert’s 1955 400-page sci-fi novel of the same name into a big-screen success.

Set in a future where noble families rule planetary strongholds, the story follows Paul Atreides (Chalamet), whose father assumes stewardship of the planet Arrakis, known as Dune by his native people of Fremen and contested for its unique spice commodity found in its inhospitable desert.

Villeneuve’s “Dune” follows Alejandro Jodorowsky’s unsuccessful attempt in the mid-1970s and David Lynch’s 1984 version. (Reporting by Jill Serjeant Editing by Chris Reese and Rosalba O’Brien)

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