DUNE Director On Paul's MESSIAH Arc; Rebecca Ferguson Says "I'd Love To See Timothée Turn Into A [SPOILER]"

DUNE Director On Paul's MESSIAH Arc; Rebecca Ferguson Says "I'd Love To See Timothée Turn Into A [SPOILER]" DUNE Director On Paul's MESSIAH Arc; Rebecca Ferguson Says "I'd Love To See Timothée Turn Into A [SPOILER]"

Dune: Part Two director Denis Villeneuve has teased Paul Atreides arc in his planned adaptation of Dune: Messiah, while star Rebecca Ferguson discusses the "tricky conversation" surrounding Part Three.

By MarkCassidy - Apr 23, 2024 07:04 AM EST
Filed Under: Dune
Source: Via SFF Gazette

Dune: Part Two is just about to pass the $700 million mark at the worldwide box office, and director Denis Villeneuve has confirmed that he is currently working on the script for Part Three, which will at least partially adapt the second book in Frank Herbert's saga, Dune: Messiah.

While speaking to the New York Times, Villeneuve teased Paul Atreides' arc in the planned third film, drawing comparisons to The Godfather's Michael Corleone (Al Pacino).

"He betrayed her in many ways. But the big thing for Chani is that it’s not about love. It’s about the fact that he becomes the figure that will keep the Fremen in their mental jail. A leader that is not there to free the Fremen, but to control them. That’s the tragedy of all tragedies. Like the Michael Corleone of sci-fi, he becomes what he wanted to avoid. And he will try to find a way to save his soul in the third part."

The filmmaker has previously said that he intends to take a long break before returning to Arrakis, and will likely work on some other projects in the interim. Though he will almost certainly finish his trilogy at some point, star Rebecca Ferguson (Lady Jessica) believes the prospect of another Dune movie is a "tricky conversation."

"[Part Two] is banking and people are loving it, and it has the most phenomenal cast in it," the Silo actress tells The Playlist. "Of course, there would be a third one, but it’s a lot of pressure on Denis. It’s a lot of pressure to continue. And when do you make the creative decision? Do you go when it is at the best, or do you make one that could fail and not be as good? It’s a really tricky conversation. It depends on the script; it depends on the money. It depends on all of the actors that have not got a deal for the third film. That’s a lot going on there. So there’s a lot to take into consideration before just writing a third script, you know?"

Messiah jumps forward quite a few years, and the story goes to some pretty out-there places. A direct adaptation is unlikely, and while Ferguson admits that she hasn't read the book, there is one aspect she's heard about that she would like to see!

Book spoilers follow.

"I mean, come on. Clearly, we’re not going to be that close to the book. That’s ridiculous. Although I would love to see Timothée turn into a worm. As long as my character doesn’t go and sit [somewhere] hot and covered in fabrics, I’m happy."

It's worth noting that Paul Atreides doesn't actually become a worm, it's his son Leto II, and it doesn't happen until the third book in the saga, Children of Dune. Even so, if Part Three does turn out to be Villeneuve's final Dune film, he may well decide to incorporate certain things from the rest of the saga.

The saga continues as award-winning filmmaker Denis Villeneuve embarks on Dune: Part Two, the next chapter of Frank Herbert’s celebrated novel Dune, with an expanded all-star international ensemble cast. The film, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, is the highly anticipated follow-up to 2021’s six-time Academy Award-winning Dune. 

The big-screen epic continues the adaptation of Frank Herbert’s acclaimed bestseller Dune with returning and new stars, including Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet (Wonka, Call Me by Your Name), Zendaya (Spider-Man: No Way Home, Malcolm & Marie, Euphoria), Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning), Oscar nominee Josh Brolin (Avengers: Endgame, Milk), Oscar nominee Austin Butler (Elvis, Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood), Oscar nominee Florence Pugh (Black Widow, Little Women), Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor: Love and Thunder), Oscar winner Christopher Walken (The Deer Hunter,), Stephen McKinley Henderson (Fences), Léa Seydoux (James Bond, Crimes of the Future), with Stellan Skarsgård (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling (45 Years, Assassin’s Creed), and Oscar winner Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men, Being the Ricardos).

Dune: Part Two will explore the mythic journey of Paul Atreides as he unites with Chani and the Fremen while on a warpath of revenge against the conspirators who destroyed his family. Facing a choice between the love of his life and the fate of the known universe, he endeavors to prevent a terrible future only he can foresee.

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Moriakum - 4/23/2024, 7:43 AM
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MadThanos - 4/23/2024, 8:29 AM
@Moriakum - 😂😂😂😂😂😂
Vigor - 4/23/2024, 9:01 AM
@Moriakum - lol perfect
Origame - 4/23/2024, 7:46 AM
I, too, would live to see timothee become a spoiler. I'd love to hear us unable to talk about his latest movie just because he himself is a spoiler.
Forthas - 4/23/2024, 7:57 AM
Under no circumstances should they adapt any other book after Dune Messiah. They should create new stories maybe set after the book time lines. Is unlikely that Denis would be on board to do a trilogy after Messiah. What would be fantastic is if Chris Nolan could develop a brand new story and take the franchise to a place where it has not gone before. As this franchise hopefully comes to rival Star Wars, I hope that they only hire the very best directors when they pass on the torch...

...and keep Zack Snyder away from this franchise.
rebellion - 4/23/2024, 10:18 AM
@Forthas - what a horrible take. under no condition should they ditch children of dune in order to film some fan fiction garbage.
TheSuperMex - 4/23/2024, 11:20 AM
@Forthas - Some of the later books were made into miniseries and apparently those are good. Maybe adapting the later books into big budget series could work.
McMurdo - 4/23/2024, 1:42 PM
@Forthas - terrible boring take.
McMurdo - 4/23/2024, 1:42 PM
@rebellion - bad takes are his specialty.
FireandBlood - 4/23/2024, 8:01 AM
She’s waffling, bless her
McMurdo - 4/23/2024, 1:43 PM
@FireandBlood - she's a 16/10 as an actor and about a 49/10 as a beautiful woman.
FireandBlood - 4/23/2024, 6:28 PM
@McMurdo - No lies detected
GhostDog - 4/23/2024, 8:31 AM
Getting a few drinks with her would be amazing
McMurdo - 4/23/2024, 1:44 PM
@GhostDog - I'll get a few drinks with you baby. Just don't get sand in my boots or you'll make a girl blush..
GhostDog - 4/23/2024, 3:31 PM
@McMurdo -

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McMurdo - 4/24/2024, 11:57 AM
dracula - 4/23/2024, 8:58 AM
doesnt his son turn into a worm, not paul
LSHF - 4/23/2024, 9:40 AM
@dracula - Per a Google search, "In Frank Herbert's "Dune" series, Leto Atreides becomes a sandworm, not by choice, but as a result of his long-term plan to ensure the survival of humanity and the continued existence of the human race.May 25, 2016".
marvel72 - 4/23/2024, 9:04 AM
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Nomis929 - 4/23/2024, 9:05 AM
As weird as Dune first 3 books are, it getts really, really weird after Messiah.

A trilogy of movies for the first 3 books are enough.
HammerLegFoot - 4/23/2024, 9:19 AM
BritishMonkey - 4/23/2024, 9:22 AM
It's not a spoiler to say he turns into a worm.
It's like saying Gollum being thrown into Mount Doom with the ring is a spoiler lol
MarkCassidy - 4/23/2024, 9:40 AM
@BritishMonkey - Which it would be for anyone who didn't read the books.
CaptainCheese - 4/23/2024, 9:42 AM
@BritishMonkey - he doesn't. It's his son Leto that turns.
HistoryofMatt - 4/23/2024, 10:21 AM
@BritishMonkey - He doesn't. It isn't a spoiler, because it's wrong.
McMurdo - 4/23/2024, 1:44 PM
@MarkCassidy - lol touche
CoHost - 4/23/2024, 10:16 AM
Rebecca Ferguson could have easily banked on her hotness and be as bland as possible. Instead, she cultivated an image of her being quirky, chaotic, dirty, and endearingly odd while still remaining sexy.
McMurdo - 4/23/2024, 1:45 PM
@CoHost - she's brilliant in Silo
HistoryofMatt - 4/23/2024, 10:21 AM
Paul Atreides doesn't turn into a worm. Emperor Leto II, the God Emperor of Dune, turns into a sandworm / human hybrid and lives for thousands of years in order to ensure that humanity stays on the Golden Path.
MarkCassidy - 4/23/2024, 11:40 AM
@HistoryofMatt - Yes, if you'd read the full article, you'd see that I pointed that out.
SwingsetKnight - 4/24/2024, 11:59 AM
Lol, Rebecca Ferguson is awesome. She always interviews like she's a beer and a half in at her favorite bar.
abd00bie - 5/14/2024, 6:09 PM
I'd like to see his little pink worm 👀

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