It may seem difficult to believe, but the first film, Dune, barely covered two-thirds of Frank Herbert’s book.
The first book in the Dune series was divided into three parts: Dune, Muadib, and the Prophet. Dune ended with Paul Atreides fighting Jamis (Babs Olusanmokun), a Fremen who did not welcome their presence. According to the books, the film was just halfway through Muadib, implying that the sequel would cover much more ground.
Furthermore, plenty of matters need to be addressed in the sequel, from the Emperor’s revelation to the Harkonnen planet, and it certainly gives a purpose to expand the world even further. During a masterclass for Qatar’s Doha Film Institute, Jacqueline West, the costume designer of Dune: Part Two, spoke with Deadline about how the sequel’s world-building will differ from the first. She said,
“In ‘Part Two,’ you really dive into the different worlds of ‘Dune.’ We see what the Emperor’s world looks like. We go to his planet. We spend a lot of time on Giedi Prime, the Harkonnen planet. We spend a lot of time in Stellan Skarsgård’s [Vladimir Harkonnen] world. All the worlds get expanded. It was about creating three separate, different-looking worlds and also revisiting the Bene Gesserits, the age-old ones with these costumes that almost look like Egyptian mummies. I think it’s visually stunning, the sets, the cinematography, and the concepts.”
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