It’s trailer time for Denis Villeneuve’s long-delayed/awaited post-David Lynch reimagining of Frank Herbert’s 1965 sci-fi epic, Dune. The film is set to screen for the Venice Film Festival while readying moviegoers for a day-and-date release in theaters and HBO Max on October 22.
My actual focus is on catching the 1984 predecessor which I’ve already started watching. Having read into a lot of the original film’s history and the franchise, it’s no secret the gargantuan task Villeneuve is faced with in truly bringing this IP to life and living up to its potential going forward. Dune is a massive experience, and so it’ll be interesting to see what he’s done differently – even more so since the hype hasn’t been lost on the masses even with a pandemic interfering with the flow of things.
A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, “Dune” tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence—a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential—only those who can conquer their fear will survive.
Featuring a score by Hans Zimmer, Villeneuve directed Dune from a screenplay he co-wrote with exec producer Jon Spaihts, and with Eric Roth based on Herbert’s bestselling novel. He also produced with Mary Parent, Cale Boyter and Joe Caracciolo.
Dune stars Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Zendaya, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Sharon Duncan Brewster, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Chang Chen, David Dastmalchian, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa, and Javier Bardem.