Denis Villeneuve’s forthcoming American epic science fiction picture Dune (titled onscreen as Dune: Part One) is directed by Denis Villeneuve and has a screenplay by Jon Spaihts, Villeneuve, and Eric Roth. It’s the first installment in a planned two-part adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel of the same name, which will cover about half of the book. Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgrd, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Zendaya, David Dastmalchian, Chang Chen, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa, and Javier Bardem are among the film’s ensemble cast members.
Dune will make its global debut on September 3, 2021, at the 78th Venice International Film Festival, and will be released theatrically in 3D in the United States on October 22, 2021, by Warner Bros. Pictures, with a simultaneous 31-day availability on HBO Max streaming service.
Dune (2021) Synopsis
Duke Leto Atreides accepts the stewardship of the dangerous desert planet Arrakis, also known as Dune, in the far future of humanity. Arrakis is the only source of the most valuable substance in the universe, “melange” (also known as “spice”), a drug that extends human life, provides superhuman levels of thought and makes faster-than-light travel possible. Leto accompanies his Bene Gesserit consort Lady Jessica, young son and heir Paul, and most trusted advisors to Arrakis, despite the fact that he knows the chance is a complex trap created by his adversaries. Leto assumes command of the spice mining business, which has become dangerous due to the presence of enormous sandworms.
Paul and Jessica are led to the Fremen, Arrakis inhabitants who live in the deep desert, by a painful betrayal.
- Director: Denis Villeneuve
- Writers: Jon Spaihts (screenplay by) Denis Villeneuve (screenplay by) Eric Roth (screenplay by)
- Genres: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
- Countries of origin: United States, Canada
- Language: English
- Also known as: Çöl Gezegeni
- Filming locations: Origo Film Studios, Budapest, Hungary
- Production companies: Legendary Entertainment, Villeneuve Films, Warner Bros.
- Duration: 2h 35min
|Rebecca Ferguson||as||Lady Jessica|
|David Dastmalchian||as||Piter De Vries|
|Jason Momoa||as||Duncan Idaho|
|Timothée Chalamet||as||Paul Atreides|
|Josh Brolin||as||Gurney Halleck|
|Oscar Isaac||as||Duke Leto Atreides|
|Dave Bautista||as||Glossu ‘Beast’ Rabban|
|Stellan Skarsgård||as||Baron Vladimir Harkonnen|
|Charlotte Rampling||as||Gaius Helen Mohiam|
|Stephen McKinley Henderson||as||Thufir Hawat|
|Sharon Duncan-Brewster||as||Liet Kynes|
|Chen Chang||as||Dr. Wellington Yueh|
|Michael Nardone||as||Gurney Sergeant|
|Souad Faress||as||Bene Gesserit|
|Charlie Rawes||as||First Trooper|
|Oliver Ryan||as||Hawat Specialist|
|Benjamin Clémentine||as||Herald Of The Change|
|Duncan Pow||as||Hawat Officer|
|Richard Carter||as||Second Trooper|
|Stephen Collins||as||Deaf Trooper|
Dune was identified as a potential film project shortly after its release in 1965, and numerous companies have had the rights to adapt the novel to cinema since 1971. Multiple efforts have been attempted to produce such a film, and it is widely regarded as a difficult work to translate to the screen due to its depth of material. In the 1970s, filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky famously purchased the rights to produce a lavish fourteen-hour adaptation of the novel, but the project fell through. Jodorowsky’s Dune, a documentary film released in 2013, chronicled the process of making the film.
Prior to this film, there were two different live-action adaptations: 1984’s Dune, directed by David Lynch and produced by Raffaella De Laurentiis, and a 2000 Sci-Fi Channel miniseries produced by Richard P. Rubinstein, who had had the Dune film rights since 1996.
In 2008, Paramount Pictures stated that they were working on a new feature film version of Frank Herbert’s Dune, which will be directed by Peter Berg. Berg departed the project in October 2009, and filmmaker Pierre Morel was hired to take it in January 2010, but Paramount canceled the movie in March 2011 due to a lack of essential agreements, and their rights reverted to Rubinstein.
Legendary Pictures announced on November 21, 2016, that it has acquired the film and television rights to Dune. Denis Villeneuve, according to Variety, was in negotiations with the studio to helm the picture in December 2016. Villeneuve showed interest in the project in September 2016, stating, “It’s been a long-time ambition of mine to adapt Dune, but it’s a long process to obtain the rights, and I don’t think I’ll succeed.” Villeneuve stated that he did not feel ready to make a Dune picture until he had finished productions such as Arrival and Blade Runner 2049, and that “Dune is my universe” because of his expertise in science fiction films.
Villeneuve would be directing the film by February 2017, according to Brian Herbert, Frank’s son and author of later books in the Dune series.
Many department heads from Villeneuve’s last picture, Blade Runner 2049, returned or were involved at one point for Dune: John Nelson was appointed as the visual effects supervisor in July 2018, but has since departed the production. In December 2018, it was revealed that cinematographer Roger Deakins, who was expected to rejoin with Villeneuve on the picture, would not be working on Dune, and that Greig Fraser would be hired as director of photography instead. Joe Walker was announced as the film’s editor in January of this year.
Brad Riker serves as supervising art director, Patrice Vermette as production designer, Paul Lambert as visual effects supervisor, sound designer Theo Green collaborates with Mark Mangini as supervising sound editor, Gerd Nefzer as special effects supervisor, and Thomas Struthers as a stunt coordinator. Villeneuve, Mary Parent, and Cale Boyter will produce Dune, with executive producers Tanya Lapointe, Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt, Kim Herbert, Thomas Tull, Jon Spaihts, Richard P. Rubinstein, John Harrison, and Herbert W. Gain, and creative consultant Kevin J. Anderson. David Peterson, who created the languages for Game of Thrones, has stated that he will be working on languages for the film in April 2019.
Villeneuve announced in March 2018 that he intended to turn the novel into a two-part cinematic series. Villeneuve eventually landed a two-movie contract with Warner Bros. Pictures, similar to the two-part adaptation of Stephen King’s It that was released in 2017 and 2019. “I would not agree to do this adaptation of the novel in one single picture,” he said since Dune was “too intricate” and had “power in subtleties” that a single film would miss. All following negotiations, on the other hand, were to ensure the production of the first picture, and fresh production arrangements will be required to begin production on the second.
In April, Eric Roth was hired to co-write the screenplay with Villeneuve, and later that month, Jon Spaihts was revealed to be co-writing the script with Roth and Villeneuve. The first draft of the script was completed in May 2018, according to Villeneuve. By July 2018, Brian Herbert has revealed that the current draft of the script covered “about half of the novel Dune.” In April 2019, Legendary CEO Joshua Grode stated that a sequel is in the works, saying that “there’s a reasonable place to halt the [first] movie before the book is over.” Spaihts resigned aside as showrunner of the Dune: The Sisterhood TV prequel series in November 2019 to focus on the sequel.
While Villeneuve had watched Lynch’s Dune adaption and admired both Lynch and the film, he does not plan to include any aspects from it, instead stating, “I’m going back to the book, and going to the visuals that came out when I read it” as a teenager. When Villeneuve first saw Lynch’s adaptation, he stated, “There are aspects of it that I adore, and others with which I am less at ease. So it’s like, I remember being half-satisfied,” and that “a movie about that book still has to be done, just with a different sensibility.”
Villeneuve also indicated that he does not want to include notions that Jodorowsky had sketched out for his attempt at a Dune picture in the mid-1970s “Jodorowsky is a visionary who is one-of-a-kind. He has a distinct and powerful vision. I’m a completely different person now. It would be incredibly arrogant and presumptuous of me to try “.
Villeneuve regarded his script as “a coming-of-age narrative, but also a cry for action for the youth” while adapting the book published in the 1960s for the twenty-first century. Other modifications included changing the arcs of several of the book’s female characters. According to Lady Jessica’s actress Rebecca Ferguson, “Denis was extremely complimentary of Frank’s work in the book, but the quality of the arcs for [several] of the female characters has been raised to a new level. He made certain changes, and they are now wonderfully shown.”
Lady Jessica was given a larger role as a soldier and a member of the Bene Gesserit, which the studio dubbed a “warrior priestess,” in contrast to Villeneuve’s humorous title of “space nun” in the novel. Dr. Liet Kynes, the male ecologist on Arrakis in the novel, was given to a female protagonist Sharon Duncan-Brewster to assist diversify the ensemble. Villeneuve also intended to make Baron Vladimir Harkonnen a more complicated enemy, rather than a caricature as portrayed in the novel.
Timothée Chalamet had in final talks to play Paul Atreides in the film Paul Atreides in July 2018. In September 2018, Rebecca Ferguson signed a deal to play Lady Jessica, Atreides’ mother, in the film. In January of this year, she announced her casting.
Dave Bautista, Stellan Skarsgrd, Charlotte Rampling, Oscar Isaac, and Zendaya joined the cast in January 2019. Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, and David Dastmalchian were cast in February 2019. Chang Chen has begun discussions with Stephen McKinley Henderson, who arrived in March.
TheMix.net claimed in July 2019 that the film will “gender switch” Liet-Kynes by casting Sharon Duncan-Brewster in the part. In April 2020, Duncan-casting Brewster’s was announced. Villeneuve, according to Duncan-Brewster, believed it was important to keep the spirit of the character from the novel, but not to maintain consistency in all other aspects, thus he made this alteration.
Principal photography began on March 18, 2019, at Budapest’s Origo Film Studios and also took place in Jordan’s Wadi Rum. One of the film’s locales, the planet Caladan, was filmed in Norway’s Stadlandet. The planet Arrakis was also filmed in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, which served as a significant backdrop in the film. In July of this year, the primary filming was done. Additional filming was placed in Budapest in August 2020, although it is unlikely to affect the film’s release schedule.
The film was shot with an IMAX-certified Arri Alexa LF camera and an IMAX-certified Alexa Mini LF prototype, both equipped with Panavision’s large-format Ultra Vista and H-series lenses, with select scenes seeing the aspect ratio opened up to 1.90:1 on all IMAX screens, and to 1.43:1 on select IMAX screens equipped with IMAX’s dual-laser projection system. Filming was completed on July 26, 2019, according to Brian Herbert.
Hans Zimmer said that he will be scoring Dune at the beginning of filming in March 2019. Villeneuve and Zimmer previously collaborated on Blade Runner 2049. Zimmer was contacted by Christopher Nolan to compose for his then-upcoming picture Tenet at the time, but Zimmer chose Dune because he had a particular affinity for the novel.
Zimmer oversaw a 32-person choir through FaceTime for the recording of a version of Pink Floyd’s “Eclipse” for the first Dune trailer (because to COVID-19 epidemic limits). Members of the choir convened in Santa Monica in groups of four for eight separate sessions at Zimmer’s Remote Control studio, while Zimmer directed from his home.
On September 3, September 17, and October 22, 2021, three soundtrack CDs for the film will be released: The Dune Sketchbook (Music from the Soundtrack), Dune (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), and The Art and Soul of Dune, respectively. Villenueve commended Zimmer’s efforts on the picture, saying he worked “months and months developing new instruments, defining, constructing, and exploring new sounds, pushing the boundaries.” On July 22, the singles “Paul’s Dream” and “Ripples in the Sand” were released.
Dune was supposed to come out on November 20, 2020, however, it was postponed until December 18, 2020. The film was subsequently postponed again owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, this time until October 1, 2021, taking up the spot previously occupied by The Batman, and will be released in 3D in theaters. Warner Bros. stated in late June 2021 that the picture will be delayed by three weeks, until October 22, 2021, to avoid competing with No Time to Die.
In December 2020, Warner Bros. announced that Dune, like all of its other planned 2021 films, will be streamed simultaneously on HBO Max for a month, after which it will be removed until the normal home media release schedule period, similar to the release pattern used by Warner Bros. for Wonder Woman 1984. Several filmmakers, as well as movie theater chains and production organizations (including Legendary Entertainment, who produced and financed the picture), voiced dismay and dissatisfaction with the decision.
According to him, “Streaming can generate excellent material, but not films with the breadth and grandeur of Dune. “My crew and I dedicated more than three years of our life to make it a unique big-screen experience,” adding that “Warner Bros.’ choice means Dune won’t have the chance to perform financially in order to be sustainable, and piracy will eventually triumph.” The picture and sound of our film were painstakingly created in order to be watched in cinemas.” In response to the announcement, Chalamet donned a sweatshirt with the Legendary Pictures logo on it at the end of his appearance on Saturday Night Live, ostensibly in support of Legendary.
Dune will make its global debut at the 78th Venice International Film Festival on September 3, 2021. The film will also have an IMAX world premiere showing at the Cinesphere at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival.
Let’s answer some questions!
Is Dune on HBO Max?
Dune will be available in cinemas and on HBO Max for a limited time in the United States, only on the Ad-Free plan. When HBO Max first launched in May 2020, there was just one payment option: $14.99 a month for ad-free access to all of the site’s content.
Where can we watch Dune?
“Dune” is currently available to stream on HBO Now, HBO Now Amazon Channel, DIRECTV, HBO Max, and Spectrum On Demand.
Will Dune be rated R?
For moments of severe violence, some frightening imagery, and suggestive material, the film is rated PG-13. Dune isn’t a narrative for children, and although there isn’t enough stuff in the story to get it R-rated, there’s plenty of opportunities for it to function in the PG-13 range.
Who is playing Princess Irulan in Dune 2020?
Princess Irulan is played by Jodie Comer. Dune’s foremost historian is the eldest daughter of Shaddam IV, the corrupt emperor of the known world; passages from her writings serve as epigraphs for each chapter in the novel.
How can I watch Dune 2021?
In December 2020, Warner Bros. stated that Dune, like all of its other scheduled 2021 films, will be streamed concurrently on the HBO Max service for a month before being withdrawn until the usual home media release schedule period, following a similar release pattern that Warner Bros.
Is Dune 2020 a sequel?
Villeneuve’s Dune is a remake rather than a sequel, although it follows in the footsteps of a series, like Blade Runner 2049.
Does Netflix have Dune?
Dune is not accessible on American Netflix, but you can unlock it and start viewing it right now in the United States! You may change your Netflix region to a nation like Canada and start viewing Canadian Netflix, which includes Dune, with a few simple steps.
Are they redoing Dune?
The film will be released in cinemas and on Netflix concurrently in 2021. Timothée Chalamet and Rebecca Ferguson appear in Dune 2021. The filmmaker of Blade Runner 2049 and Arrival has the sci-fi chops to create the year’s most anticipated film.
Is Dune available to stream?
Subscribing to HBO Max will allow you to see Dune when it arrives in October. The new over-the-top streaming service combines the best of HBO, DC Entertainment, Cartoon Network, the Criterion Collection, Max Originals, Studio Ghibli, and a slew of other fantastic films and series.
Is Dune based on Islam?
I was ecstatic when it was revealed that Dune would be adapted for the second time. Frank Herbert’s science fiction fantasy is one of the most well-known works of the twentieth century, with many of its characters, language, social philosophy, and religious iconography drawn from Arab and Islamic culture.
Is Dune appropriate for a 10 year old?
Dune is a fantastic novel, but it is not appropriate for a youngster who does not read. Definitely, an adult who isn’t a reader. Even if you’re not a reader, you’ll be able to get through it.
How many Dune movies will there be?
Dune will be the first of two films based on the novel. The first half of the huge novel will be covered in the upcoming (at this time) film, while the remainder will be covered in a second, as-yet-unnamed film. A prequel series for HBO’s Max was apparently in the works.
What is the point of Dune?
The Dune trilogy is a soft science fiction classic. In his Dune universe, Herbert purposefully repressed technology so that he could focus on humanity’s politics rather than the future of humanity’s technology. Dune speculates on how humans and their organizations may evolve throughout time.
Has Dune been released yet?
Due to the coronavirus epidemic, Dune has been moved back to October 22, 2021, from its original December 18, 2020 release date.
Is Dune 2020 a remake of Dune 1984?
Yes, Dune is a remake of a 1984 film that has been updated in several ways. Dune, starring Zendaya and Timothée Chalamet, will be released this autumn, and while it is a remake of a 1984 picture, the narrative has been revised.
Dune Release Dates
|Canada||September 2021||(Toronto International Film Festival)|
|Italy||3 September 2021||(Venice Film Festival)|
|Belgium||15 September 2021|
|France||15 September 2021|
|Sweden||15 September 2021|
|Germany||16 September 2021|
|Denmark||16 September 2021|
|Italy||16 September 2021|
|Netherlands||16 September 2021|
|Russia||16 September 2021|
|Singapore||16 September 2021|
|Taiwan||16 September 2021|
|Ukraine||16 September 2021|
|Spain||17 September 2021|
|Finland||17 September 2021|
|Iceland||17 September 2021|
|New Zealand||October 2021|
|India||1 October 2021|
|USA||7 October 2021||(New York Film Festival)|
|Argentina||14 October 2021|
|Hungary||14 October 2021|
|Portugal||14 October 2021|
|Japan||15 October 2021|
|Lithuania||15 October 2021|
|Latvia||15 October 2021|
|Australia||21 October 2021|
|UK||21 October 2021|
|Ireland||21 October 2021|
|Mexico||21 October 2021|
|Bulgaria||22 October 2021|
|Brazil||22 October 2021|
|Canada||22 October 2021|
|Turkey||22 October 2021|
|USA||22 October 2021|
Also Known As (AKA)
|Bulgaria (Bulgarian title)||Дюн|
|Canada (English title)||Dune|
|Canada (French title)||Dune|
|Greece (complete title)||Dune|
|India (Hindi title)||ड्यून|
|India (English title)||Dune|
|Japan (English title)||Dune|
|Japan (Japanese title) (alternative transliteration)||デューン|
|Slovenia||Dune: peščeni planet|
|Turkey (Turkish title)||Çöl Gezegeni|
|Vietnam||Hành Tinh Cát|