Warner Bros has announced that they have been so impressed with current footage, and the response to that footage, from Dennis Villeneuve’s Dune that they have not only greenlit a second film (this Dune adaptation has up to now has been designed as a two-part adaptation with part two dependant on box-office success for part one) that they have instructed Villeneuve to amend the project into a trilogy, splitting the second half into two seperate films.
Except that they haven’t, and it isn’t. Its still two films, and the second film still isn’t guaranteed. Apologies for any consternation caused, I’m just trying an experiment based on my observations of so much click bait on the Internet of late, particularly for this (refreshingly) highly-anticipated film project. I mean, all the fuss last week about the bloody logo? Crikey. Every time I seemed to log into the ‘net I was being linked/directed to some other random website parading the non-news item of that logo in order to raise some ad revenue whilst repeating what little we do know of the film.
To be clear, I don’t get any remuneration from any ads that may appear on this blog. I’m not even sure what exactly is the point I’m making, but I’m a little frustrated and amused and wondering if Google will suddenly get me a lot of hits, curious about how all that click bait nonsense works. So apologies if you’re new here and came here curious or hoping to see some revelation of a trilogy of Dune films, maybe you can stick around and read some other entries, I’m not a bad sort of chap, I like writing stuff about film and television, partly from the perspective of someone who fell in love with a certain film in 1982.
Knowing my luck I’ll get some cease and desist from Warner, but this post before it gets deleted is just a bit of fun about some of the madness of the times we are living in. Dune is my most eagerly-anticipated film of 2020, and I’m really curious about it, and clearly so many people are. Some sites are apparently making some money out of any scrap of news/rumour surrounding the film, even if its ‘fake news’, another modern phenomenon. I guess all this interest is good for the film and promises that it may succeed enough for us to get the ‘part two’ that so many of us are genuinely concerned about. As a guy still wounded by the comparative box-office failure of Blade Runner 2049, a film I absolutely adored, its something that remains a real worry. Even if Dune is as great as we hope it will be, there is no guarantee that it will ignite the interest of a very fickle and risk-averse public unless it really does manage to be a modern, adult Star Wars that Dennis promised it could be.
Besides which, maybe this post will prove correct in the end- if we get a ‘part two’ and that proves a success then we may get a sequel to that, too. There’s certainly plenty of books for them to work from. Dune Quadrilogy even, anyone?