Netflix Gaining The Best Sci-Fi Epic In Years Just In Time For The Sequel

By Britta DeVore | Published

Netflix subscribers are in for a treat as the first installment of Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi epic, Dune, will arrive on the platform in the new year. Interested audiences who are eager to get caught up on the story before the second film arrives in March can plan on firing up the app on January 9 to jump in on the latest feature-length adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic novels. For those members of Max, fear not, as the Netflix drop won’t affect your ability to watch on the Warner Bros. Discovery streamer. 

The news of Dune’s arrival on Netflix comes shortly after it was revealed that the streaming platform struck a deal with Warner Bros. Discovery that will see an onslaught of content become available. Along with Dune, other productions include DC’s Suicide Squad, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). There will also be several films from outside the DCEU landing on Netflix with Dune joined by The Sopranos prequel film, The Many Saints of Newark, and Olivia Wilde’s latest directorial feature, Don’t Worry Darling.

Timothee Chalamet and Zendaya in Dune

As for the Dune deal, Netflix will strike massive viewership numbers for the critically acclaimed and Academy Award-winning film. While the master of all things weird and wacky, David Lynch, took a stab at the story back in the ‘80s, Villeneuve’s version was more welcomed by audiences and critics alike. The film also boasts a cast filled with some of the biggest stars of the time, with Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Josh Brolin, Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, and Jason Momoa just being a few of the names on the call sheet.

In Dune, Chalamet stars as Paul Atreides, a young man who is believed to be the savior of the planet Arakkis. The feature is a battle epic filled with pulse-pounding action sequences, futuristic modes of transportation, and – of course – plenty of gargantuan, human-eating sandworms. 

Scene from Dune 2

Perhaps the best part about Netflix gaining the temporary rights to stream Dune is that its sequel is just around the corner. Set to arrive in cinemas on March 1, 2024, we’re just a few months away from the follow-up installment that will see Paul Atreides continue his work with the Fremen toward the path of bringing peace to Arakkis. For those who may not have Warner Bros. Discovery’s home streamer of Max, this is the perfect way for interested viewers to catch the first film.

Apart from its pairing with Warner Bros. Discovery and the arrival of Dune and other titles, Netflix has a slew of intriguing sci-fi and fantasy content set to be released over the next year. From Millie Bobby Brown’s dance with a dragon in Damsel to the Michelle Yeoh-led series, The Brothers Sun, there are plenty of interesting titles for subscribers to look forward to in the upcoming year.

Meanwhile, as you wait for the spring arrival of Dune 2, you can get your Timothée Chalamet fix in theaters now as Wonka is now playing. Though he may not be in the follow-up film, fans can also catch Jason Momoa in the approaching Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, while we hope to find out more information about Zendaya’s turn in Euphoria Season 3 soon.

Source: Netflix