The Dune movie is one of the most anticipated movies and it’s coming to theatres (hopefully) on October 1, 2021.
REASON TO GET EXCITED #1: It is without a doubt one of the biggest and most popular science fiction stories ever – and we’re getting a new cinematic version:
However, for many sci-fi fans, the team behind it needs to do Frank Herbert’s book justice:
(And we’re very much in agreement).
Watch The Dune Movie Trailer Below:
The Team Behind Dune?
Denis Villeneuve, of Sicario, The Arrival, and Bladerunner 2049 fame, is directing Dune (and the first episode of the TV series Dune: The Sisterhood).
The movie’s co-writers include Eric Roth, who wrote the screenplay for Forrest Gump, The Insider, Munich, and more, and Jon Spaihts who wrote the screenplay for The Darkest Hour, Prometheus, and Doctor Strange:
(So far, that’s an impressive trio of talent tackling Herbert’s iconic story).
The Director of Photography (DOP) Greig Fraser, whose credits include being DOP on Rogue One, and The Mandalorian…
The rest of the team behind the camera is just as talented – however, our big question is who is tackling the musical score?
REASON TO GET EXCITED #2: Hans Zimmer.
Zimmer wanted to do Dune so badly that he turned down long-time collaborator Christopher Nolan’s Tenet job offer.
So far, our hopes are high for Dune, but they were high for David Lynch’s 1984 iteration of the novel. A movie that’s too far away from the novel – and too confusing if you haven’t read it.
Dune Will Be Two Movies
Villeneuve’s production is actually two movies:
And considering the way the novel is structured, there is a natural place for movie one to end, complete with an action-packed sequence ready for the second movie.
Part of what makes Dune so tough to adapt is that a large part of the book is set across quiet rooms where people are trying to decipher what the other person is hiding.
There are big battles, but the interest is on what they meant for the world rather than focusing on the action itself.
Villeneuve has previously proven with his movies, like Sicario and Blade Runner 2049, that he can make compelling cinema out of two people talking or trying to kill each other:
And this is where our anticipation for these movies spike again.
Dune offers Villeneuve the opportunity to flex his creative muscles, with scenes in which both action and strategy are happening simultaneously – perhaps this is what made Dune so appealing to the director?
(He’s either brave or crazy).
So, Who’s In It?
Oscar Issac (Star Wars) will play Duke Leto, while Rebecca Ferguson (The Greatest Showman, Mission Impossible Fallout) plays his lover, Lady Jessica. Their son, Paul, will be played by Timothee Chalamet (The King).
Chen Chang (Brotherhood of Blades) will be Dr. Wellington Yueh, a physician of the Suk School. Stellan Skarsgard (Chernobyl), is Baron Harkonnen, and Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) plays his nephew, Glossu Rabban (A.K.A. The Beast).
Simply put, what a cast (and crew)!
Where And When Can We Watch It?
REASON TO GET EXCITED #3: Dune will be released on HBO Max on October 1st, 2021!
It will also hit theatres on the same date but the above is the biggest news regarding Dune’s release:
(In our opinion at least).
However, fans will need to be quick, as Dune will be on HBO Max for one month only. It will then leave the streaming service and be exclusively in theatres.
If you don’t want to wait for the release in October, you should check out “Dune: The Graphic Novel, Book 1”. Frank Herbert’s son, adapted the book for the graphic novel, and it covers the first part of the epic sci-fi novel.
It’s a great way to fill time until October.