In 1984, hardcore sci-fi fans held their breath for the much awaited release of David Lynch’s adaptation of the classic novel Dune. Instead of a massive tale of fate, traditions, tragedy and treachery, the film was negatively reviewed and financial flop. Over the years, the film has gained a cult status due to its creator hating it so much he wanted his name taken off it. ..Some might even argue it was due to an oiled up Sting hamming it up in a codpiece (it’s me, I would argue that.)
Fortunately for Dune fans, 2019 seems to mark the beginning of a Sci-Fi renaissance. So far we’ve been blessed with Alita: Battle Angel, and are looking forward to remakes and adaptations galore. And now, filming for Dune has begun with Denis Villeneuve as both director and co-writer. The film already boasts an all-star cast featuring indie darling Timothée Chalamet (Beautiful Boy) as Paul Atreides, Oscar Isaac (Ex Machina), Josh Brolin (Avengers: Infinity War), Stellan Skarsgård (Melancholia), Jason Momoa (Aquaman) and that’s not even all of them. With filming beginning, an official synopsis was released:
“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.”
Villeneuve sets out to have his Dune as a two-part franchise, although nothing for the second has been greenlit yet. However, with Villeneuve’s past record of other phenomenal flicks (Sicario, Blade Runner 2049, Arrival) it’s hard to not imagine it as an instant classic. Although the Toto soundtrack will be sorely missed, our earbuds will instead be greeted by Hans Zimmer (Inception, Blade Runner 2049, Interstellar). So far there’s no mention of Sting joining the cast once more, but a girl can dream.