Dune 2's ending is "more tragic" than the book ending

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Dune 2's ending is "more tragic" than the bookNiko Tavernise/Warner Bros

Dune: Part Two director Denis Villeneuve believes his new movie has a much "more tragic" ending than Frank Herbert's original novel.

With under two months until the sequel hits cinemas, the filmmaker recently explained to Total Film how he's remained loyal to the story of Paul Atreides despite this ending change.

"All of the elements are there. But I think the movie adaptation is more tragic than the book," said Villeneuve. "The way that Part Two ends... it would create a total balance and equilibrium to finish Paul's storyline in what we could say in Part Three."

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Any potential third instalment would take on Dune Messiah, which was published by Herbert in 1969.

Chani actress Zendaya shared her eagerness to be involved should Villeneuve continue the franchise: "Denis is an artist, and doesn't like to share things until he's got it figured out. So whenever he's ready, we're all keenly ready to hear what his vision is."

Her co-star Timothée Chalamet also had some thoughts on another visit to the planet Arrakis: "The idea excites me very much. If the time and opportunity comes to complete the story with Messiah, I think we're all super-enthusiastic about that."

Four more sequels in Children of Dune, God Emperor of Dune, Heretics of Dune, and Chapterhouse: Dune, were released in the wake of Messiah, too.

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Meanwhile, Villeneuve previously told Empire Magazine that completing a movie trilogy is "the dream".

"Dune Messiah was written in reaction to the fact that people perceived Paul Atreides as a hero, which is not what he wanted to do. My adaptation is closer to his idea that it's actually a warning."

Dune: Part Two arrives in cinemas on March 15.

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