Director Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi epic Dune: Part II is slated to hit theaters on November 17, 2023.
Dune: Part II will return to Liwa Desert, Abu Dhabi for over a month in November 2022, taking advantage of the 30 percent cash rebate on productions offered by the Abu Dhabi Film Commission while providing production services from Epic Films along with the support of become a number of manufacturing partners in the UAE.
Abu Dhabi will reprise its role as the iconic setting of the desert planet Arrakis in Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of the Frank Herbert novel.
Legendary Films, the producer of Dune, will also be hiring five interns from the United Arab Emirates to experience first-hand what it would be like to work on a film set dune. The production company also plans to hold seminars in Abu Dhabi for aspiring filmmakers and technicians in the United Arab Emirates to learn more about the different areas of film production.
Based on Herbert’s first novel, the sequel will explore the mythical journey of Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) as he joins forces with Chani (Zendaya, briefly introduced in Part I) and the Fremen on a warpath of vengeance against the conspirators of his family destroyed.
That dune Set on the desert planet of Arrakis, Herbert’s novel tells the story of a boy, Paul Atreides, heir to a noble family tasked with ruling an inhospitable world where the only thing of value is the “spice” concoction, a drug capable of prolonging life and increasing consciousness. Coveted throughout the known universe, melange is a prize worth killing for… When House Atreides is betrayed, the destruction of Paul’s family sends the boy on a journey to a fate greater than he imagined could ever have imagined. And as he evolves into the mysterious man named Muad’Dib, he will realize mankind’s oldest and most unattainable dream.
Denis Villeneuve returns at the helm of the sequel, which will be filmed in Budapest, Abu Dhabi, Jordan and northern Italy. The first three locations served as filming locations for the previous film, while Italy marks a new filming location for the franchise that could open the door to a brand new location for the sequel.
Cinematographer Greig Fraser also returns to direct the film, marking his second collaboration with Villeneuve. In the first dune, the Wadi Rum in Jordan served as the Atreides’ newly inherited planet, Arrakis. Budapest was the setting for some important action scenes in the first film, most notably the Arrakeen invasion. The deserts where the Fremen lived were filmed in Abu Dhabi.
The cast of Dune: Part Two includes Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Zendaya and Javier Bardem, who will return along with recent additions to the cast including Florence Pugh, Austin Butler and Christopher Walken.
Dune is one of over 130 major productions to have used Abu Dhabi as a location in recent years and benefits from its diversity of locations, talented talent pool, award-winning facilities and 30% cashback rebate.
Filmmaker Villeneuve returns to the director’s chair for the sequel, along with his co-writers Eric Roth and Jon Spaiths, who wrote the screenplay.