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Dune 3 gets a promising update following Part Two's success

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Dune 3 seems well on its way to be officially greenlit off the back of the box office success of Dune: Part Two.

Denis Villeneuve's reimagining of the epic sci-fi novels written by Frank Herbert may have a third chapter in the works very soon, as confirmed by production company Legendary Entertainment's CEO Josh Grode.

Dune: Messiah, adapted from Herbert's second Dune book published in 1969, could be a go if the writer-director "gets the script right," Grode said.

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"I think everybody is very excited and really enjoying this moment and if Denis [Villeneuve] gets the script right and he feels that he can deliver another experience on par with what we've just completed then I don't see why not," Grode told CNBC.

"We have to have all creative stakeholders aligned and support the vision," he added.

Speaking of Dune 2's huge opening numbers, Grode said: "I think this is a movie where you know the word of mouth is going to carry it."

He continued: "It is a stupendous piece of filmmaking. There's no other way to say it. I've just about run out of adjectives."

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For his part, Villeneuve teased Dune: Messiah in his chat with Digital Spy, saying the threequel is "in early stages".

"We are in early stages. We are in the right direction," the Arrival and Blade Runner 2049 filmmaker said.

"There's a lot of work that has been done, but there's a lot of work that needs to be done in order to have something solid to shoot."

Dune: Part Two is out now in cinemas.

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