Yeah, so it looks like this is actually happening. Denis Villeneuve is actually working on adapting the classic science fiction novel Dune from author Frank Herbert. The announcement came as an official announcement from Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment, who are teaming up to bring the Arrival helmer’s vision to the big screen.
Dune features an all-star cast that includes (takes breath) Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgard, Dave Bautista, Zendaya, David Dastmalchian, Stephen Henderson, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa, and Javier Bardem rounding out the cast. Still in discussions to join is Chang Chen from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. So, yeah, it’s clear that they have some real talent on board.
Below is the official synopsis for 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.”
As a fan of epic novels, I’m excited to see this movie coming, but I can’t help but also express some surprise. Denis Villeneuve is an undeniable master of the filmmaking craft, but his latest foray into science fiction saw Blade Runner 2049 take in a disappointing $259.2 million at the worldwide box office off of its $185 million budget.
Who gave him money thinking Dune would end up being anything less than a critical darling and financial flop? I’m sure I’ll love it, but I’ll be surprised if this ends up making much more than $300 million worldwide…but I’ll be happy if proven wrong.
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SOURCE: Business Wire