Dune hasn't even been released yet but director Denis Villeneuve is already sharing his hopes that he will be able to bring us Part Two sooner rather than later.
The star-studded, long-awaited movie adaptation of Frank Herbert's 1965 sci-fi novel has been planned out as a two-parter by Villeneuve, but whether the story will get its second part depends on Warner Bros. giving it the green light.
Despite Part Two not yet being a done deal, Villeneuve has revealed that he is ready to get to work on it "quite quickly" and that he would like to start shooting again in 2022.
"I would be very ready to go quite quickly," he told IGN and other media. "To go quickly in a movie of that size, you still need to make sets, costumes, so we are talking about months. But if ever there's enthusiasm and the movie is greenlit sooner than later, I will say that I will be ready to shoot in 2022 for sure.
"I am ready to go, and I will say that I would love to bring it to the screen as soon as possible."
However, if he does get to make the second part of the Dune story, Villeneuve won't be rushing to get it finished at the expense of the movie's quality.
"The first film, I really had time to make sure that it was exactly the way I wanted it to be," he explained. "I would love to have the same feeling when I make the second part. That would be the priority. Quality will be the priority."
Some of Dune's initial critical reviews, including Digital Spy's review, make reference to the fact that it feels like there is more to come from this tale, and Villeneuve acknowledged that this initial movie alone doesn't tell the full story, calling it an "appetizer".
"The tough task here was to introduce you guys to the world, the audience to this world, to the codes, to the culture, the different families, the different planets," he said. "Once this is done, it becomes an insane playground. It will allow me to go berserk."
There will certainly be plenty to expand on in a second movie following the events of the first. Dune, which is set in the far future, introduces us to Duke Leto Atreides (Star Wars' Oscar Isaac) as he accepts the stewardship of desert planet Arrakis, also known as Dune.
The planet happens to be the only source of the most valuable substance in the universe, melange or 'spice', a drug that extends human life and also provides incredible powers.
Leto knows that he is being lined up to fall into an intricate trap by his enemies, due to the danger of the planet, but he takes the opportunity - and a betrayal soon leads his son Paul (Little Women star Timothée Chalamet) and concubine Lady Jessica (Mission Impossible's Rebecca Ferguson) on a mission.
Dune is released in UK cinemas on October 21 and in US cinemas on October 22. It will also be available to watch on HBO Max in the US from the same day.
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