Frank Herbert’s award-winning novel, Dune, is adapted for the big screen with an impressive cast and visuals.
Dune, authored by Frank Herbet and released in 1965 has been adapted for the big screen once more.
The first adaptation was directed by David Lynch and released in 1984. The critics weren’t kind and admittedly it was a big task to try and adapt a 400-page book into a two-hour film.
In fact there had been a previously unsuccessful attempt by writer / director Alejandro Jodorowsky. That attempt was documented recently in Jodorowsky’s Dune, a documentary I highly recommend.
Now director Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Sicario, Arrival and Blade Runner 2049) is trying his hand at adapting this huge story, although this film is set to cover the first half of the book.
But what is the story? Set thousands of years in the future, the planet Arrakis in the only source of the spice Melange, a substance that allows for faster than light travel amongst many other uses to numerous list here.
The family of House Atreides, ruler of the ocean planet Caladan, is assigned to manage the harvesting of melange on the desert planet Arrakis. They know this is a trap and their arch enemies, House Harkonnen are awaiting their arrival. As in the original book and revealed in the trailer, the plot mainly centres around Paul Atreides and the story is from his point of view.
Dune stars an ensemble cast including Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Zendaya Coleman, David Dastmalchian, Chang Chen, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa and Javier Bardem.
Dune is set to open in cinemas in mid December.