Right after its publication in 1965, Dune -written by Frank Herbert- was identified as the perfect material for a film adaptation: an epic science fiction tale set in an interstellar society. Producers didn’t lose much time and in 1984, Hollywood legend David Lynch made a successful film adaptation, while in 2000 Sci Fi Channel created a miniseries on the book. The movie is set in the desert planet Arrakis, the only source of ‘the spice’ - a drug which extends human life and makes space travel possible.

This new adaptation will be directed by Denis Villaneuve, known for his critically acclaimed films Arrival (2016) and Blade Runner 2049 (2017), and will feature an ensemble cast including Stellan Skarsgård, Javier Bardem, Zendaya and Jason Momoa. It is scheduled to be released in the United States on December 18, 2020.

As for the soundtrack, Villaneuve has recruited world-renowned composer Hans Zimmer after working together in the making of Blade Runner 2049. Zimmer had previously been approached by Christopher Nolan for composing his upcoming film ‘Tenet’, but Zimmer opted for Dune as he is a personal fan of the books.

Besides the film, there is a spin-off series in the talks for the new WarnerMedia’s upcoming streaming service: HBO Max. The series will focus on the Bene Gesserit (key social, religious, and political force in the series) and serve as a prequel to the film.

In a time where reality seems to be stranger than fiction, a movie like Dune promises to take our minds to a different and exciting place all together!

Dune 2020