Greetings from the Ether,
The upcoming adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune is shaping up to be a massive motion picture event. Barring the film experiencing a similar fate to David Lynch’s 1984 financial disaster/cult classic adaptation, Denis Villeneuve’s track record and what is likely to be a gigantic budget are definitely hyping up the film. The recent cast announcements have only fanned those flames.
So, what do we know thus far about Dune? Let’s dig in.
The film has a tentative release date of November 20th, 2020.
It is directed by Canadian film maestro Denis Villeneuve, who previously helmed such films as: Blade Runner 2049, Arrival, Sicario, Prisoners, Enemy, and Incendies. Denis has proven himself as possibly the most prolific new director to grace genre films since Spielberg. His track record doesn’t have a single dud in its contents, and many of his films have earned massive critical acclaim and awards recognition. Seeing the short gap between most films in his filmography (usually about 1 year), it says something that Dune will represent the first 3 year gap for the director between films.
The studio behind the film is Legendary Studios, which acquired the TV and Film rights to the Dune franchise back in 2016. Legendary Studios has brought us films and franchises like The Dark Knight Trilogy, Godzilla, Man of Steel, Inception, Interstellar, Pacific Rim, and Jurassic World. The film will also be distributed by Warner Bros., and will begin filming in 2019.
The film has two credited screenwriters, Eric Roth and John Spaihts. Eric Roth has written the screenplays for films such as Forrest Gump, Ali, Munich, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Spaihts has written the screenplays for films such as Doctor Strange, Prometheus (with Damon Lindelof), and Passengers. If you had any doubts concerning the script, those can be put to rest.
As of this post (2/21/2019), the cast list has only just started forming, and we couldn’t be more breathless at the sheer talent and star power that will be appearing in this film. So far, we have:
Timothee Chalamet as Paul Atreides (Oscar-nominated young actor who is sure to ace the role of our lead protagonist.)
Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica (Golden Globe-nominated actress who will be great as Paul’s mother.)
Zendaya as Chani (Another talented young actress who will be great in the role of Paul’s Fremen love interest.)
Stellan Skarsgard as Baron Vladmir Harkonnen (Perfect casting for this iconic villain!)
Oscar Isaac as Duke Leto Atreides (Oscar has the perfect appearance and charm for this role.)
Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho (Need we say more?)
Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck (This guy is in everything, and he is always fantastic.)
Javier Bardem as Stilgar (Oscar-winning actor who steals every scene he’s in.)
Dave Bautista as Glossu “Beast” Rabban (Awesome to see Villeneuve team up with Bautista again.)
Charlotte Rampling as Reverend Mother Mohiam (Oscar-nominated actress who is sure to do wonders with this role.)
David Dastmalchian as Piter De Vries (The Dark Knight actor who will definitely bring his one-of-a-kind creepiness to this role. He was great in Villeneuve’s Prisoners.)
Cinematography will be headed by Greig Fraser, who has previously worked on Foxcatcher and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Though we’d love to see Roger Deakins work his magic again, it doesn’t look like he will be involved in the film.
Costume design will be headed by Bob Morgan and Jacqueline West. Morgan worked on films like Inception and Man of Steel. West has worked on The Revenant and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Rest assured, the Arrakis stillsuits are going to be perfectly portrayed.
ART & SPECIAL EFFECTS:
There are over 40 different talented artists working in the Art Department for the film, and the Visual Effects and Special Effects teams consist of over 30 different experienced artists who will hopefully definitively capture Dune’s aesthetic. A lot of these artists have worked on films like Blade Runner 2049, The Beauty and the Beast, Saving Private Ryan, and Deadpool 2.
Frank Herbert’s son Brian Herbert (who writes the current Dune novels with Kevin J. Anderson), and granddaughter Kim Herbert, will be producing alongside Mary Parent, Cale Boyter, Thomas Tull, and Byron Merritt. If you were worried about the film lacking involvement from the Herbert dynasty, you can relax now. This hopefully means the Herbert’s will have a voice in the film’s direction, which will be a dream come true.
This is everything we know thus far about 2020’s Dune. Let us know if we missed anything and thanks for stopping by!
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