‘Dune’: Everything to Know About Denis Villeneuve and Timothée Chalamet’s Sci-Fi Epic

IndieWire | 2/8/2019 | Staff
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Denis Villeneuve has become one of the most prominent voices in science-fiction cinema thanks to critically-acclaimed projects “Arrival” and “Blade Runner 2049,” but his next undertaking in the genre is bound to be his biggest: “Dune.”

The iconic novel has proved to be one **** of a challenge for directors in the past. Alejandro Jodorowsky infamously tired and failed to adapt “Dune,” while David Lynch succeeded but lost creative control in post-production and ended up hating the theatrical version that was released. Can Villeneuve deliver cinema’s first genuinely great “Dune” movie? Here’s everything fans need to know about the upcoming film.

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“Dune” was created by author Frank Herbert, whose 1965 science fiction novel won the Nebula Award for Best Novel and tied for the Hugo Award. Hebert wrote five sequels: “Dune Messiah,” “Children of Dune,” “God Emperor of Dune,” “Heretics of Dune,” and “Chapterhouse: Dune.” The story takes place in the distant future and centers on warring families who are in control of individual planets.

The protagonist of the first two novels is Paul Atreides, whose family becomes the owner of a desert planet named Arrakis, which is home to a valuable drug called “spice” that enhances mental abilities. The drug is the most sought after commodity in the universe, which makes the Astreides family the target of warring families, including the villainous House Harkonnen.

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This Is Not David Lynch’s “Dune”

“Dune” was first adapted into a feature film by David Lynch in 1984. Backed by Universal Pictures, the project was notorious for several creative disagreements between Lynch and producers, which ultimately led to the director being denied final cut privileges. Speaking to Yahoo Entertainment in November 2017, Villeneuve said that Lynch’s movie would bear no resemblance to what he was planning on doing with the source material.

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