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05th Apr 2024

Dune 3: Messiah is officially in development


Huge news just in.

Denis Villeneuve is officially working on Dune 3: Messiah.

The third instalment which continues following the same storyline as the series of books by Frank Herbert, seeks to wrap up the saga of Paul Atreides.

As you can probably imagine the first two instalments of Dune have been monster successes so it’s no surprise the third film has been green lit and sped into production in rapid time.

In fact, Dune: Part Two, starring Timothee Chalamet and Zendaya, is the highest-grossing film of 2024 so far.

Not only that, but it’s receiving huge reviews from your average viewer and critics alike.

Some fantasy fans have even gone so far to claim that the Dune trilogy is already better than both Lord of the Rings and Star Wars.

Dune: Part Two was released in cinemas on the 1st March, earning an IMDB rating of 9.0 and leaving cinema viewers very satisfied by the two hours and forty-seven minutes they spent in the theatre.

For many, like our very own Simon Kelly, it was hard to “recall a cinematic experience quite like it”.

Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movies changed the entire landscape of the fantasy genre in the early noughties, and Star Wars defined an entire generation when the first film was released in 1977.

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Now, in the weeks following the release of Denis Villeneuve’s second adaptation of Frank Herbert’s book, Dune is being referred to as the next genre-shifting epic in the history of fantasy.

Comparing Dune to Lord of the Rings and Star Wars is one thing, but some people on social media have gone so far as to say that Dune is already better than the two that came before, despite the fact that the final instalment of the trilogy isn’t even in the making yet.

Nathan Whittlesey on Facebook said: “For the new generation, absolutely Dune is better than LOTR and Star Wars.”

Samuel Adam Mark commented: “It will exceed LOTR no doubt.”

Sean Matthew Reynolds wrote: “Jackson’s ‘LOTR’ films are overrated and are starting to show their age.”

Not everybody was inclined to agree, with some appalled that a comparison was even made.

Jamie Seneraghi wrote: “Never! Lord of the rings is the ultimate.”

Another pointed out that all three films don’t even fall under the same genre.

Miguel Pinho commented: “First you can’t compare a sci- fi with a fantasy and not even close can’t compare the Lord of the Rings with absolutely nothing.”

Vance Kunze had probably the most reasonable reaction: “I mean, it’s really good so far, but that’s kind of stretching things.”

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