How many parts will Dune have?

Warner Bros. Pictures film Dune Part 2 in theaters Nov. 3, 2023.
Warner Bros. Pictures film Dune Part 2 in theaters Nov. 3, 2023. /

Soon, we’ll be back on Arrakis! The new trailer for Dune: Part Two is here, and it looks like an epic expansion on the first film. New characters! Stunning costumes! Sandworms big enough to swallow a spaceship whole! There’s a lot to get excited about in this two-minute preview, which you can watch right here:

How many parts of Dune will there be? 

One question you may have after watching the trailer for Dune: Part Two is how many parts the Dune movie series will have, exactly? This is a pretty fair question, especially considering that much of the initial marketing for the first Dune movie lacked the “Part One” subtitle.

Both Dune: Part One and Dune: Part Two are adaptations of Frank Herbert’s seminal 1965 novel Dune; the movies essentially split the book in half, with Part One covering the Harkonnen coup that leaves Paul Atriedes and Lady Jessica stranded in the deserts of Arrakis, and Part Two covering Paul’s rise to become a leader for the planet’s native Fremen people. So in terms of the original Dune story, these two parts will tell the whole thing.

However, director Denis Villeneuve has said that he would like to create a trilogy of Dune movies, with the third installment adapting the second book in the series, Dune Messiah. That one is a much shorter novel, and serves as an interesting capstone to Paul’s story. It would make a lot of sense as a trilogy ender.

Should that movie come to pass, there will be three parts total for the Dune movie franchise. But if Warner Bros. Discovery wants to go further, there are more books after that.

Dune: Part Two is coming to theaters on November 3.

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