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Dune is an upcoming epic science fiction film directed by Denis Villeneuve with a screenplay by Eric Roth, Jon Spaihts and Villeneuve. It is based on the 1965 Frank Herbert novel of the same name, and will cover roughly the first half of the book. The film stars an ensemble cast consisting of Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Zendaya, David Dastmalchian, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa and Javier Bardem. Dune is scheduled to be released in the United States in IMAX and 3D on December 18, 2020.

Dune
Directed byDenis Villeneuve
Produced by
  • Mary Parent
  • Cale Boyter
  • Joe Caracciolo, Jr.
  • Denis Villeneuve
Screenplay by
Based onDune
by Frank Herbert
Starring
Music byHans Zimmer[1]
CinematographyGreig Fraser
Edited byJoe Walker
Production
companies
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • December 18, 2020 (2020-12-18) (United States)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Contents

PremiseEdit

In the far future of humanity, Duke Leto Atreides accepts stewardship of the dangerous desert planet Arrakis, the only source of the most valuable substance in the universe, "the spice", a drug which extends human life and provides accelerated levels of thought. Though Leto knows the opportunity is an intricate trap set by his enemies, the Harkonnens, he takes his Bene Gesserit concubine Lady Jessica, young son and heir Paul, and most trusted advisers to Arrakis, also known as Dune. Leto takes control of the spice mining operation, which is made perilous by the presence of giant sandworms. A bitter betrayal leads Paul and Jessica to the Fremen, natives of Arrakis who live in the deep desert.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

 
Denis Villeneuve has stated in interviews that making a new Dune adaptation had been a life-long ambition of his. He was hired to direct in February 2017.

Herbert's Dune has seen two separate live-action adaptations prior to this film; 1984's Dune directed by David Lynch,[2][3] and a 2000 miniseries on the Sci Fi Channel.[4]

DevelopmentEdit

In 2008 Paramount Pictures announced that they had a new feature film adaptation of Frank Herbert's Dune in development with Peter Berg set to direct.[5] Berg left the project in October 2009,[6] with director Pierre Morel brought on to direct in January 2010 before Paramount dropped the project in March 2011.[7][8][9]

On November 21, 2016, it was announced that Legendary Pictures had acquired the film and TV rights for Dune.[10][11] In December 2016, Variety reported that director Denis Villeneuve was in talks with the studio to direct the film.[12] In September 2015, Villeneuve expressed his interest in the project, saying that "a longstanding dream of mine is to adapt Dune, but it's a long process to get the rights, and I don't think I will succeed."[13] On February 1, 2017, Brian Herbert, son of Frank, confirmed that Villeneuve would be directing the project.[14] In March 2018, Villeneuve stated that his goal was to adapt the novel into a two-part film series.[15] Eric Roth was hired to co-write the screenplay in April,[16] and Jon Spaihts was later confirmed to be co-writing the script alongside Roth and Villeneuve.[17] Villeneuve said in May 2018 that the first draft of the script had been finished.[18][19] Villeneuve said, "Most of the main ideas of Star Wars are coming from Dune so it's going to be a challenge to [tackle] this. The ambition is to do the Star Wars movie I never saw. In a way, it's Star Wars for adults."[20] In July 2018, Brian Herbert confirmed that the latest draft of the screenplay covered "approximately half of the novel Dune."[21] Legendary CEO Joshua Grode confirmed in April 2019 that they plan to make a sequel, adding that "there's a logical place to stop the [first] movie before the book is over."[22]

John Nelson was hired as the visual effects supervisor for the film in July 2018, but has since left the project.[23] It was announced in December 2018 that cinematographer Roger Deakins, who was anticipated to reunite with Villeneuve on the film, was not working on Dune and that Greig Fraser was coming onto the project as director of photography.[24] In January 2019, Joe Walker was confirmed to be serving as the film's editor.[25] Other crew include: Brad Riker as supervising art director; Patrice Vermette as production designer; Paul Lambert as visual effects supervisors; Gerd Hefzer as special effects supervisor; and Thomas Struthers as stunt coordinator.[26] Dune will be produced by Villeneuve, Mary Parent, and Cale Boyter, with Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt, Thomas Tull, and Kim Herbert serving as executive producers.[27] Game of Thrones language creator David Peterson was confirmed to be developing languages for the film in April 2019.[28]

In June 2019 it was announced that Legendary Television will be producing a spin-off television series, Dune: The Sisterhood, for WarnerMedia's upcoming streaming service, HBO Max. The series will focus on the Bene Gesserit and serve as a prequel to the film. Villeneuve will direct the series' pilot with Spaihts writing the screenplay, and both will serve as executive producers alongside Brian Herbert.[29]

CastingEdit

In July 2018, it was reported that Timothée Chalamet had entered final negotiations to play the lead in the film, Paul Atreides.[30] In September 2018, Rebecca Ferguson entered negotiations to join the film to play Atreides' mother, Lady Jessica.[17] She confirmed her casting in January 2019.[31]

In January 2019, Dave Bautista,[32] Stellan Skarsgård,[33] Charlotte Rampling,[34] Oscar Isaac,[35] and Zendaya joined the cast.[36] In February 2019, Javier Bardem,[37] Josh Brolin,[38] Jason Momoa,[39] and David Dastmalchian were cast.[40] Stephen McKinley Henderson joined in March,[1] with Chang Chen entering negotiations.[1][41]

FilmingEdit

Filming began on March 18, 2019 at the Origo Film Studios in Budapest, Hungary,[1][25][42] and also took place in Jordan.[1][43] Filming was completed in July 2019.[44][45]

ReleaseEdit

Dune is scheduled to be released theatrically in the United States by Warner Bros. Pictures on December 18, 2020, in IMAX and 3D.[46] It was originally slated for release on November 20, 2020,[27][47] but it was rescheduled to December 18, 2020 by Warner Bros. in August 2019.[46]

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