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21st Jun 2023

One of the best TV writers of recent years reveals he worked on Dune 2

Stephen Porzio

Dune

The writer was behind two of the biggest shows of recent memory.

Craig Mazin, the creator of Chernobyl and the co-creator of The Last of Us, has revealed that he has a writing credit on Dune: Part Two.

Mazin confirmed the news during an appearance on the Happy Sad Confused podcast after its host, Josh Horowitz, asked him about potential future movie projects.

“I’m kind of out of the movie business basically. I will work with certain directors when they call because I love them and because they are so brilliant,” he responded.

“So if Denis Villeneuve [Dune director] calls I’m like: ‘Absolutely. Yeah, I’m there for three, four weeks or a month or something like that to work on what you’re working on.’

“But mostly I want to make my own things and I want to be in charge of my own things and that’s what HBO allows me to do.”

At this point, Horowitz asked Mazin: “Did you just tell me, you did a polish on Dune: Part Two?”

In response, the writer said:  “I am a participating writer in Dune: Part Two… You come in, you do a little bit of work and you leave.

“It used to be that you couldn’t even say that but now they have this ‘additional literary material’ thing at the end. So, yes, I am additional literary material.”

Mazin was also full of praise for Villeneuve, stating: “Anytime Denis makes a movie, you should be excited. He is as kind as he is brilliant. He’s a rare one. He’s just remarkable.”

Given the runaway success earlier this year of The Last of Us, the news of Mazin’s involvement in Dune: Part Two is sure to bolster the already very high anticipation for the blockbuster.

After all, 2021’s Dune: Part One did such a great job of bringing the first part of Frank Herbert’s dense sci-fi novel classic about warring planets in a distant future to the big screen, before ending on a major cliffhanger.

Dune: Part Two is set to conclude the book’s story when it arrives in Irish cinemas on 3 November. You can check out its trailer right here:

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