The 2020 Dune film has nothing to do with David Lynch’s 1984 flop classic. Instead, it’s a brand new, large-budget adaptation that covers the first half of the 1965 novel by Frank Herbert, one of the most iconic science fiction works ever written. Now get your first look with the adorable trailer that you can watch below.
Given the size of the worlds Herbert has created, director Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049, Arrival) told Vanity Fair that he “would not agree to do this adaptation of the book with a single film. The world is too complex. It is a world that claims its strength in its details. “
Dune release date: December 2020
Dune’s release date is December 18, 2020. This was the existing date prior to the proper coronavirus outbreak, but no delays have been confirmed for the holiday slot so far, likely because it’s so far away.
We know that filming in Hungary and Jordan was already completed last year, but this is kind of VFX heavy film that requires a long time in post production.
Dune Trailers: Enjoy Arrakis
Here is your first proper look at Dune, and it will be a promising and faithful adaptation of the first half of the source novel. It’s not just sand and sandworms, either: We see the pain-inducing box, the Gom Jabbar with the poison tip and impressive photos of Paul’s native plant Caladan and his adopted home Arrakis.
But what everyone is talking about is the massive worm. Speaking to EW, Villeneuve said: “When we created the worm, I was trying to create a life form that you will absolutely believe could survive in this land.” He added that “It was important for me to understand that this huge creature had a soul in order to understand that it was worshiped as a god-like figure.”
Dune occupation: All in Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation
Here is the list of key casts for Dune 2020:
- Paul Atreides: Timothee Chalamet
- Duke Leo Atredies: Oscar Isaac
- Lady Jessica: Rebecca Ferguson
- Gurney Halleck: Josh Brolin
- Baron Vladimir Harkonnen: Stellan Skarsgård
- Glossu Rabban / Rabban the Beast: Dave Bautista
- Chani: Zendaya
- Duncan Idaho: Jason Momoa
- Stilgar: Javier Bardem
- Liet Kynes: Sharon Duncan-Brewster
Dune should be a great science fiction film based on its director’s credentials. Director Denis Villeneuve, who previously made Arrival and Blade Runner 2049, seems to be a perfect fit for the gigantic, Kubrick-like scope that a saga like Dune demands.
The script for Dune was co-written by Eric Roth (The Strange Case of Benjamin Button, The Good Shepard) and Villeneuve. Jon Spaihts (Passengers, Doctor Strange, Prometheus) started out as a co-writer but left the project to focus his efforts on the sequel to Dune.
Villeneuve used several of his Blade Runner 2049 alums to bring the film to life and won legendary Gerd Nefzer (Iron Man, The Matrix Reloaded, Gladiator) as special effects supervisor. Greig Fraser (Vice, Rogue One, Foxcatcher, Zero Dark Thirty) is the cameraman for the film. The first photos of the film are extremely moody and a world far from Lynch’s version.
Hans Zimmer will compose the score for Dune, a decision the composer could not easily make as he was forced to choose between this film and Christopher Nolan’s upcoming tenet. The languages of Dune are covered by none other than Game of Thrones language creation expert David Peterson.
Dune story: what is the 2020 film about?
Above all, Dune is a great, elaborate space opera. 10,000 years into the future, a feudal realm known as the Empire will rule the galaxy. Paul, the only son of the prominent Duke Leo Atreides, must fight the evil Baron Harkonnen and fight for his life on the inhospitable planet Arrakis, a dune-covered planet with terribly huge sandworms.
Dune begins with Paul and his family relocated to Arrakis to lead the dangerous mining of “the most important substance in the universe” – Melange. Melange, also known as “spice”, is a unique drug that not only extends life, increases consciousness and prevents disease, but also enables space travel faster than light.
For Villeneuve, also from his chat with Vanity Fair, Herbert’s epic remains as relevant as never before. “No matter what you believe, the earth is changing and we have to adapt,” he said. “It [Dune] was a distant portrait of oil and capitalism and the exploitation – over-exploitation – of the earth. It’s a coming-of-age story, but also a call to action for the youth. “
Once on Arrakis, Paul begins to manifest forces that identify him as the prophesied savior of the indigenous people of Arakkis, the Fremen. Together with the Fremen, Paulus tries to overthrow the empire and take revenge on the corrupt empire, not only for himself and his family, but also for the Fremen, who have chosen him as their champion.
When it comes to Paul’s mother, Lady Jessica, the “warrior princess” has an extended role from the books. Bene Gesserit, played by Rebecca Ferguson, is even more terrifying than the character in the books. “She’s a mother, she’s a concubine, she’s a soldier,” Ferguson told Vanity Fair. “Denis was very respectful of Frank’s work in the book, [but] The quality of the bows for a large part of the women has been brought to a new level. “
This isn’t the only change to the source material, either. Doctor Liet Kynes, the leading ecologist for Arrakis and Power Brokers, is now played by a black woman (Sharon Duncan-Brewster) rather than a white man. “This person basically manages to keep the peace among many people,” Duncan-Brewster told Vanity Fair. “Women are very good at it, why can’t Kynes be a woman? Why shouldn’t Kynes be a woman?”
A prequel TV show in the Dune universe is also coming on HBO Max
In addition to a sequel, which is already being worked on before Dune’s first release, it was announced that a companion series will be developed to accompany the film, which was created exclusively for the new streaming service HBO Max. Dune: The Sisterhood is a series that focuses on the mysterious Bene Gesserit order, and while we know who is doing it, we don’t yet know who will be in the cast.
Villeneuve has confirmed that he will lead the pilot and act as executive producers alongside screenwriter Spaihts and Brian Herbert. So it’s a legitimate part of the movie’s universe.
Dune 2020 has nothing to do with Lynch’s film
Villeneuve told Yahoo that his dune “will have no connection with the David Lynch film. I’m going back to the book and the pictures that came out when I read it.”
This really doesn’t come as a surprise and don’t expect a cameo from the film’s star Kyle MacLachlan. When asked if he would appear on IndieWire, he told them it wasn’t.
This idea was supported by cast members like Oscar Isaac, who told Collider that Villeneuve’s Dune will be “truer to the novels”, describing it as “shocking, scary and visceral” and “a completely different thing”. Stellan Skarsgård, who will play Baron Harkonnen’s main antagonist, attempted to distance Dune’s production from corporate-controlled “studio films” on the grounds that Villeneuve was a “true filmmaker” who was given a high level of creative control. That’s a good sign.
Will Dune 2020 really be different?
We hope Villeneuve will make the adjustment that Herbert’s work has always deserved. The decision to share the books is also promising, albeit standard-rate, for our sequel cinematic landscape, and suggests that maybe, just maybe, we could get something other than this version of Dune. The capricious first frames of the film are beautiful too. We can’t wait to see what this looks like in motion. It’s kind of a big budget sci-fi movie that will really fill the void when Star Wars takes a couple of years off.