Though a third film hasn’t been greenlit, filmmaker Denis Villeneuve has talked about his intention to adapt the second book in the series “Dune Messiah” into a single film to serve as a trilogy capper.

Previously Villeneuve has said he’s already almost finished the script but intends to have a break and will likely work on something else before coming back around to it.

The stars of his films are up for it, Zendaya told Fandango recently “any time Denis calls it’s a yes from me. I’m excited to see what happens,” whilst Timothee Chalamet tells Total Film: “If the time and opportunity comes to complete the story with ‘Messiah,’ I think we’re all super enthusiastic about that.”

One thing the filmmaker has made clear though is that a third “Dune” would be the end of the franchise for him: “Dune Messiah should be the last Dune movie for me” he told Time Magazine today.

Herbert published four more increasingly bizarre “Dune” novels after that with the third, “Children of Dune,” previously adapted for the Syfy Channel with a young James McAvoy in the lead.

Villeneuve is also confirmed to be working on both an adaptation of Stacy Schiff’s book “Cleopatra” currently being written by Krysty Wilson-Cairns, and an adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s “Rendezvous With Rama”.

“Dune: Part Two” arrives in cinemas on March 1st.

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