Denis Villeneuve on adaptation of Frank Herbert’s work in New Featurette


Collider was given exclusive access to a new featurette, where cineast Denis Villeneuve tells about how he designed the world of Dune in a way that honored Frank Herberts iconic sci-fi novel. Titled “My Desert, My Dune”, the feature explores the long and arduous process Villeneuve went through to bring his vision of Dune to life.

In the video, Villeneuve says that “Dune it took years to make because it was a challenge to respect the spirit of Frank Herbert’s book and bring it to the big screen. “Herbert’s book had already been adapted once by David Lynch, in 1984, during a production so chaotic that the director removed his name from the cast. Since then, Dune has been considered maladapted. That is, until Villeneuve split book history in two and brought a beautiful and vivid vision of the first half to cinemas last year.

To achieve the critically acclaimed result of DuneVilleneuve focused on the design of a world that felt alive. In the words of the director, “perhaps most important of all, I wanted the design to be inspired by nature. The light, the wind, the dust feel like natural environments. ” We can say that Villeneuve reached its goals as the beautiful dunes in the film are breathtaking. In the new featurette, Director of Photography Greig Fraser also describes how he helped Villeneuve build exactly the world he wanted. As Fraser explains, “from a color perspective, Denis wanted Arrakis to be tough and desolate.”


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The main shooting location for Dune was also chosen by Villeneuve 10 years before the film’s production when he was on a trip to Jordan. As Villeneuve puts it, he decided when he first saw the Jordan Desert that if he ever made a version of Dune, the rock formations of that desert would be the perfect place to bring Arrakis to life.

DuneThe success was already achieved by Warner Bros. to give the green light for a successor. Named Dune: Part 2, the sequel continues where the first film left off, adapting the second half of Herbert’s novel. Part 2 will reportedly begin filming in July 2022, giving Villeneuve a little more than a year to complete everything and deliver the long-awaited sequel in October 2023. While a year is a tight deadline for a blockbuster, Villeneuve previously said that “a lot of the work has already been done in terms of design, casting, placement and writing. ”

Dunes impressive cast 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.

You can now own Dune on Digital Now & 4K Ultra HD. Check out the new featurette above.

Here is Dune‘s official synopsis.

A mythical and emotional hero’s journey, “Dune” tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great fate beyond his comprehension, and who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to secure his future. family and his people. While malicious forces explode in conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most valuable resource available – a commodity capable of unleashing humanity’s greatest potential – only those who can overcome their fears will survive.


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