Dune 2’s “Epic” Difference Will Make It More Successful Than Part 1



  • Dune 2 will be more action-packed and “epic” than the original, featuring more battle scenes and an emphasis on war.
  • Splitting Dune into two parts sets the stage for Dune 2‘s success, allowing the sequel to cover the more exciting parts of the book.
  • The promise of “epic” action sequences in Dune 2 suggests it will likely fare better at the box office than its predecessor.



Dune 2 will cover the second half of the events in Frank Herbert’s science-fiction classic, and Denis Villeneuve’s promise that the second chapter will be “epic” suggests it will be more successful than Dune: Part One. That’s no small feat, as Dune: Part One raked in $402 million worldwide (via Box Office Mojo) on a $165 million budget. Not only did it profit in theaters despite its simultaneous HBO Max release, but Dune: Part One received relatively high scores from critics and general audiences like on Rotten Tomatoes.

Dune: Part One also received significant acclaim during awards season, receiving 10 Academy Award nominations and winning in six separate categories. Villeneuve’s science-fiction movie was one of the most-anticipated releases of 2021, and it didn’t disappoint when it finally debuted. Dune: Part Two has seen a release date delay due to the ongoing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. However, it remains one of the biggest upcoming movie releases — and the fact that it will feature more action than its predecessor means it will likely fare better when it hits theaters.

Dune 2 Will Be More ‘Epic’ And Action-Packed Than The Original

Paul with a blade in Dune

Dune 2 will continue Paul Atreides’ (Timothée Chalamet) story from Part One, revealing what becomes of him and his mother after they join the Fremen people. The series is setting Paul up to become something of a messiah, and it seems inevitable he’ll retake Arrakis before the movies are through. He and his allies will need to fight for the desert planet, necessitating more battle scenes than the previous installment. That alone suggests Dune: Part Two will outshine Part One when it comes to action. Villeneuve confirmed as much during CinemaCon.

At CinemaCon, Villeneuve compared Dune: Part One and Dune: Part Two, saying, “Part One is more of a contemplative movie. Part Two is an action-packed, epic war movie” (via The Hollywood Reporter). Given the stunning cinematography and large budget of the first Dune, it’s safe to assume viewers are in for some truly awesome visuals in Dune 2. It sounds like the sequel will be more of a spectacle, which bodes well for its success at the box office. After all, viewers are more likely to head to theaters for an action-packed blockbuster than a more reflective project.

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Dune 2 Needed To Change Part 1 To Be Successful

Paul and Chani in a vision of the future in Dune

By splitting Dune into two separate parts, Villeneuve has basically ensured Dune 2‘s success. Dune: Part One needed to set the stage for everything to come, establishing the vast science-fiction world of Herbert and the characters essential to its survival. By setting the scene in Dune, Villeneuve made room for Dune 2 to cover the more exciting parts of Herbert’s book. While Dune fared decently well at the box office — especially considering its day-and-date streaming release and pandemic circumstances — Dune 2 will likely do much better thanks to its promise of “epic” action sequences.

Source: Box Office Mojo, Rotten Tomatoes, The Hollywood Reporter