It’s time to spice up your life with Dune, the latest from co-writer and director Denis Villeneuve.
Yes, this has been tried before. David Lynch took a stab at the dense book of the same name in the ’80s to divisive results. Fitting, then, that another cerebral filmmaker with devoted followers is giving it another go. Villeneuve has been on a science fiction kick with Arrival and Blade Runner 2049, so Dune isn’t out of left field except that it is a notoriously difficult book to adapt.
Why you ask? Well, I’m not exactly the person to answer that because I haven’t read the book, but my understanding is there’s some complicated hero’s journey going on that involves a very valuable spice, lots of fear wrangling, and sandworms. To be honest, the trailer isn’t overly clear about the plot, but hey, look at all that cool, high budget science fiction weirdness!
It seems like people who know about the book are in this movie already. For the rest of us, there’s the loaded cast to entice us, with hotshot Timothée Chalamet starring as the developing hero. Around him are a cavalcade of big names, including Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, Dave Bautista, etc. etc.
Look, there’s a lot to like here, but by all accounts, this adaptation will be a monumental task to pull off. At least they’ve assembled the best to give it another try.
Dune is directed by Denis Villeneuve and stars Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, and Oscar Isaac. At the time of writing it is scheduled to be released in the US and the UK on December 18th, 2020, but as we all know, that is subject to change. Keep up to date on its release schedule here.
Do you think they can pull this off? Let us know in the comments!
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