Collider exclusively accessed a new featurette where the director Denis Villeneuve talks about how he created the world of Dune in a manner that commemorated Frank Herbert’s iconic sci-fi novel. The featurette, which was named “My Desert, My Dune”, describes a long and exhausting process that Villeneuve overcame to carry his observation of Dune to life.
In the video, Villeneuve reveals that “Dune took years to be made because it was a challenge to respect the spirit of Frank Herbert´s book and bring it to the big screen.” David Lynch had already adapted Herbert´s book once, in 1984, his named was eliminated from the credits during such a haywire production. Since that time, Dune has been supposed to be unadaptable. That is, until Villeneuve divided this book into two parts and used a stunning and lively vision of the first half to theaters last year.
In order to receive the seriously acclaimed result of Dune, Villeneuve paid attention to design a lively world. According to the director’s words, “maybe the most important thing of all, I wanted the design to be inspired by nature. The light, the wind, the dust feel that these were natural environments.” It could be supposed that Villeneuve reached his targets, because the stunning sand dunes shown in the film are breathtaking. In the new featurette, Director of Photography Greig Fraser also talks about how he supported Villeneuve to create the exact world that he wished. When Fraser made an explanation it wanted, “from a color perspective, Denis Arrakis to be harsh and desolate.”
It is Villeneuve who chose the primary shooting spot for Dune 10 years before the film’s production when he traveled to Jordan. As Villeneuve says it, the first time he saw the desert in Jordan, he made a decision that if he ever produced a version of Dune, the rock formations in that desert would become a wonderful location to bring Arrakis to life.
Dune’s achievement already led Warner Bros. to permit a sequel. Entitled Dune: Part 2, this part will continue showing what the first movie left off, and the second half of Herbert’s novel will definitely be adapted in this sequel. Part 2 will officially begin filming in July 2022, and let Villeneuve more than one year to conclude everything and create the highly-expected sequel in October 2023. Whereas one year is a short time for a blockbuster, Villeneuve previously claimed that “a lot of the work has been done already regarding design, casting, locations, and writing.”
The attractive cast in Dune includes Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides, Oscar Isaac as Duke Leto Atreides, Zendaya as Chani, Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica, Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck, Stellan Skarsgård as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, Dave Bautista as Glossu ‘Beast’ Rabban, Charlotte Rampling as Gaius Helen Mohiam, Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho, and Javier Bardem as Stilgar.
Now you can possess Dune on Digital Now & 4K Ultra HD. Check the new featurette above.
Here is the official synopsis of Dune:
A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, “Dune” tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence–a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential– only those who can conquer their fear will survive.