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New Denis Villeneuve film will get a 2026 launch date. Is it Dune 3?

Gurney looking at Paul in Dune: Part Two.
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The subsequent film from Denis Villeneuve now has a launch date. On Friday, Warner Bros. introduced that the “Untitled Event Film” the studio had dated for December 2026 is now a “Denis Villeneuve Event Film” with Legendary Pictures.

Will Villeneuve’s new movie be the ultimate chapter in his Dune trilogy? According to Deadline’s sources, Warner Bros. and Legendary are holding the December 2026 date with “expectations that he wraps up the spectacular trilogy with Dune 3.Dune: Part Two opened in March to common acclaim, ending is theatrical run with a worldwide gross of $711 million.

However, Villeneuve has defined his need to work on one other challenge earlier than returning to Arrakis to finish Dune 3, a.k.a. Dune: MessiahIn a March profile in The Hollywood Reporter, Villeneuve defined his reasoning for beginning one thing new earlier than Dune 3.

“I currently have four projects on the table,” Villeneuve stated. “One of them is a secret project that I cannot talk about right now but that needs to see the light of day quite quickly. So it would be a good idea to do something in between projects before tackling Dune Messiah and Cleopatra.”

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One of those initiatives may very well be Nuclear War: A Scenario, based mostly on Annie Jacobsen’s nonfiction guide of the identical identify. An April report in Deadline acknowledged Villeneuve would seemingly full Dune: Messiah earlier than beginning work on Nuclear War: A Scenario.

Villeneuve’s film wasn’t the one challenge to obtain a date on Warner Bros. launch calendar. The studio set a March 26, 2027, date for the subsequent Godzilla and Kong film. In March, the fifth movie within the MonsterVerse, Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, exceeded expectations with an $80 million home opening weekend. The New Empire has grossed $570 million worldwide in opposition to a $135–150 million finances.

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