In case you were not aware, the classic story of Dune is being remade into a movie by Denis Villeneuve for Legendary Pictures. Dune, of course, has already been in movie theaters with the David Lynch version in the ’80s. It’s also a massively popular series of books by author Frank Herbert, and after his death, carried on by his son Brian and writing partner Kevin J Anderson.
Dune is not expected to be released until December 2019, though I’d personally suspect that date may slip into 2020, though I hope I’m wrong. If you are totally ignorant of the story of Dune, then I can’t really help you here, it’s a dense and complicated sci-fi tale and well worth reading if you have not done so. Director Denis Villeneuve had suggested that he would want to split the first novel of Dune into multiple parts as you will see in related section below. Certainly, one of the issues the David Lynch film faced was having to cut out so much material from the books.
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We can now confirm that Dune will indeed be split into at least two movies, and it sounds like they will be making them one at a time rather than back to back. Here is a tweet by Brian Herbert who is also working as a consultant on the picture along with Kevin J Anderson, and he confirms that the first movie will cover only half of the novel.
I have just received Draft #4 of the DUNE screenplay from Legendary Pictures. This is for the first movie, covering approximately half of the novel DUNE. I'm very excited and pleased about this, and I'm beginning to burn the midnight oil. pic.twitter.com/nIfgb2zJ2J
— Brian Herbert (@DuneAuthor) July 23, 2018
A few fans on Herbert’s Twitter feed expressed some concerns at how and where the story would be split in two. Ultimately, however, I feel this is a good decision and I am pleased the studio is allowing Villeneuve to film the story this way. After seeing Blade Runner 2049, I have no doubt that Villeneuve is the right man to deliver something fans of the books will love. However, I’m not sure how much money it will make, how mainstream it will become, and this worries me if the studio decides to pull the plug on the second half of the story. If it actually does become a financial success, then who knows how many Dune movies could spawn from this?
Are you excited to see what Villeneuve can do with Dune and are you happy the movie is being split into two parts? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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SOURCE: Brian Herbert (via Twitter)