dune movie themes

There’s a lot going on in director Denis Villeneuve‘s Dune. Based on the epic sci-fi novel from Frank Herbert, the story is not exactly what you’d call “simple,” which is why it’s not been the easiest material to bring to the screen. But in case you think this is just going to be a piece of big mindless blockbuster spectacle, the folks involved with the film want you to know that Dune has a lot on its mind. In a new interview, both Villeneuve and star Oscar Isaac talk about the themes that audiences can expect to run rampant through the flick.

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dune images

As we get closer to the release of Denis Villeneuve‘s Dune, it appears that Warner Bros. has been happy to let the spice flow. And by spice, I mean spicy new images from the highly anticipated film based on Frank Herbert’s seminal sci-fi novel. Last week, we got an exciting new look at the sandworm, but this time we get to see more of the people who reside on the desert planet Arrakis. See the new Dune images below.

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dune sandworms

Even if you’ve never read Frank Herbert’s 1965 science fiction classic Dune, you likely know that it involves giant sandworms. The image of those colossal beasts bursting out of the ground has transcended that story and spread across pop culture, referenced in films as varied as Star Wars, Tremors, and Beetlejuice. Now director Denis Villeneuve has created his own version of the alien creatures for his forthcoming movie adaptation. Empire Magazine has released a batch of Dune-related covers for its newest issue, and while two of them feature the cast in all of their sci-fi costume glory, one of them gives us our first look at Villeneuve’s vision for those huge Dune sandworms. Check out the covers below.
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denis villeneuve roger deakins

After a long and storied career in Hollywood, Roger Deakins would finally earn his much deserved first Oscar for cinematography with Denis Villeneuve‘s Blade Runner 2049. And though the dynamic director and cinematographer duo won’t be working together on Villeneuve’s upcoming sci-fi film Dune, the filmmaker revealed that Deakins is still leaving his mark on the highly anticipated adaptation of the seminal Frank Herbert novel.

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dune footage

DuneDenis Villeneuve‘s star-studded adaptation of the sci-fi classic, is still on track to arrive in theaters this December. That could always change, of course, since every upcoming release date remains in doubt. But according to those in the know, there’s no Dune release date delay in the cards at the moment – but there are reshoots forthcoming. Villeneuve plans to get the band back together this August to wrap things up.

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dune cinematographer interview

Greig Fraser, the cinematographer behind movies like Let Me In, Killing Them Softly, Foxcatcher, and Zero Dark Thirty, is heading from one space epic to another: he’s the man behind the camera for director Denis Villeneuve‘s highly-anticipated adaptation of Frank Herbert’s seminal sci-fi story Dune. Fraser was the director of photography for both Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and The Mandalorian, but in a new interview, he spoke about having to “forget a lot of Star Wars” when embarking on the Dune experience, and he promises that the first movie in Villeneuve’s two-movie vision for Dune is “a fully standalone epic”. Read some of his quotes below. Read More »

dune sandworms

There has not yet been a truly successful adaptation of Frank Herbert’s seminal sci-fi classic Dune. Directors have tried and failed to bring Herbert’s dense sci-fi novel to the small and big screen, but ended up stumbling over the more audacious and weirder parts of his story. That is why Denis Villeneuve is working hard to get every little detail right about the sandworms for his upcoming feature film adaptation. The giant, deadly monsters that inhabit the planet of Arrakis are essential to the narrative of the story, even as they’ve been the subject of many a phallic comparison. So Villeneuve spent the better part of a year perfecting the design of the sandworm so that they — and his Dune — can be taken seriously.

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Dune image

Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve‘s highly-anticipated film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi novel Dune takes place primarily on the desert planet of Arrakis. But it looks like Timothée Chalamet‘s heroic young protagonist, Paul Atreides, might have stopped at a Space Gap for some clothes along the way.

Empire Magazine has a new image of Chalamet from the movie, along with some quotes from Villeneuve which compare the character to Michael Corleone from The Godfather.
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Dune photo

Director Denis Villeneuve‘s two-movie adaptation of Frank Herbert’s seminal science fiction novel Dune kicks off this December. While we haven’t seen a trailer for the film yet, we’re slowly getting glimpses of Villeneuve’s take on this notoriously difficult-to-adapt material, and the latest Dune photo highlights one of the movie’s action scenes. Read on to see Timothée Chalamet and Josh Brolin‘s characters making a daring escape above the desert planet of Arrakis. Read More »

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Zendaya Dune

Denis Villeneuve‘s Dune – or at least, the first entry in his massive two-part adaptation of author Frank Herbert’s classic science fiction novel – is one of our most anticipated movies of 2020. Over the last couple of days, Vanity Fair has been sharing images of the film’s cast, but one of its stars has taken matters into her own hands. Zendaya has shared a different photo of her character, a mysterious desert dweller named Chani, and it’s the best look we’ve seen so far. Read More »