‘Dune’ sequel release date set after strong box office opening – Sundance Festival
The highly anticipated sequel to a cult classic film that inspired a major business venture to extend its story has finally been scheduled to be released — a year after the first installment opened to a solid box office performance.
“Dune” is being developed as a limited series, and a release date for the second installment in the ambitious Starz series adaptation is to be announced later.
A preview clip was released by Starz on Monday, and offered a taste of the “event television” viewers are in for.
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The long-awaited sequel will once again be directed by Denis Villeneuve and will feature the return of stars Eric Cantona, Rebecca Ferguson, and Will Poulter.
A limited release date for the series was announced this summer, and early data from “Dune” released late last month showed that the film was pacing to earn around $8 million in its opening weekend.
The franchise-spawning deal for a series of “Dune” movies is also expected to last for many years, adding to the interest in the film.
“Dune” was based on the 1973 novel by Frank Herbert, and the two movie adaptations were both beloved by readers, with the 1966 film earning $38 million at the North American box office, and the 1984 follow-up raking in $32 million.
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The sci-fi epic is being made for Starz, the premium channel dedicated to original television, and the decision to release two sequels in a genre originally seen as a small screen exclusive is expected to bolster Starz’s growth amid increased competition from streaming giants Netflix and Amazon.
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