Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune hits theaters and HBO Max in October 2021! Being a big screen adaptation of Frank Herbert’s seminal 1965 science fiction saga “Dune,” the effort behind it to be transformed onto the screen is humongous. Such is the density and complexity of the plot and hence has to be dealt with great care. Recently more news on the release date, cast and trailer has been published by HBO. Also, the opinion about the making of the gigantic masterpiece has received a wider acclamation and big salute from Herbert’s son that gave an ancillary energy buzz to the entire team.
“It will forever be considered the definition adaptation” of the book says Brian Herbert after visiting the set.
Prior to Villeneuve’s anticipated take on Herbert’s novel, other attempts to adapt “Dune” for the screen mostly failed. Alejandro Jodorowsky famously tried to get a “Dune” movie off the ground in the 1970s but the project never made it past the development stage. David Lynch’s 1984 adaptation was a critical failure, one that remains a tragic experience for the director after his creative control was taken away by the studio.
Following this came Lynch’s “Dune” and then director John Harrison’s “Frank Herbert’s Dune,” a three-part miniseries. Though Harrison’s version won Emmys for Outstanding Cinematography and Outstanding Special Visual Effects, none of these “Dune” adaptations come close to Villeneuve’s achievement, according to Brian Herbert.
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“I was very impressed by the trailer, and I was thrilled to actually be on the movie set in Budapest last year, where my wife and I watched the filming of several scenes,” Brian Herbert told Inverse about Villeneuve’s adaptation. “This is a really big movie, a major project that will forever be considered the definitive film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic novel. Fans are going to love this movie. Denis Villeneuve is the perfect director to do ‘Dune.’”, says Brian.
Frank Herbert’s sci-fi classic ‘Dune’: More updates on the release date, cast and plot
It is notable that Brian Herbert is also the author of the new “Dune” prequel comic book, published by BOOM!
Villeneuve’s “Dune” , which is based on Frank Herbert’s classic titled the same is backed by Legendary and Warner Bros. and features a star-studded cast that includes Timothee Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name, Lady Bird), along with Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Rebecca Ferguson (The Snowman) and Jason Momoa (Aquaman, Game of Thrones). The film was originally scheduled to open in theaters December 18, but the pandemic pushed the tentpole into October 2021.
As far as the plot is concerned, it is centered around Paul Atreides, the son of Duke Leto Atreides, a slave to the powerful drug known as The Spice and giant sandworms who is battling with strife and dissension. The story begins on Arrakis, where Paul is fighting for his life as his family takes over the mining of The Spice (also known as Melange). On Arrakis, Paul’s life changes once powers begin to manifest in his body, and his own goals begin to conflict with his family’s politics.
Dune: Trailer release and responses
The trailer of “Dune” which got released recently left the viewers bemused! It begins with troubled narration from protagonist Paul Atreides, as he is starting to feel something coming over him. But before he can kiss Chani, he wakes up to his regal bedroom, and speaks of a “crusade coming.” He’s then interrogated about how his dreams are true to life. Then, a masked figure, who appears to be Gaius Helen Mohiam, tests his limits for pain.
Then, the young ruler-to-be spars, casts his gloomy expression upon vista after vista. We see floating objects, and a powerful wrist-worn device. Atreides’ father is apparently losing his mind, and Paul is realizing his time in power may be incoming. We see plenty of wild-looking persons, flaming trees, floating soldiers and then it’s all cool flying ships and blades and gaping maws of desert monsters.
The trailer being a grand success shall not disappoint the viewers on big screen, says the critics. Though its a long wait, the zest shall be worth it!