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‘Dune’ Is an Absolute Marvel—and the Best Sci-Fi Film in Years

One could present a compelling argument that Dune, Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel of interplanetary conquest, messianism, and ecological plunder, was the most cursed property in Hollywood. Since the 1970s, Dune has passed through more hands than a twenty-dollar bill. After David Lean, whose Lawrence of Arabia served as inspiration for...
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The Dune Cast Had The Best Time As The Movie Finally Premiered

When a highly anticipated film is released, it’s common to see its stars gathering at premieres to celebrate their hard work. After weeks and sometimes months working hard together, they’ve earned the right to party. In the case of Dune, the long (long)-awaited sci-fi epic from Denis Villeneuve, the cast reunion on the red carpet was extra special, though.
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Dune First Reviews: The Breathtaking Adaptation Fans Have Been Waiting For

After decades of failed attempts and unsuccessful efforts, Frank Herbert’s Dune has been adapted into one of the most anticipated movies of the year — if not millennia. Does Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) finally do the classic science fiction novel(s) justice? The first reviews of his star-studded and visually epic new movie, also known as Dune: Part One, answer mostly in the affirmative. However, there’s a fairly uniform disappointment in how it ends without an ending.

Dune Review

When Denis Villeneuve signed on to direct a 21st century version of Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel Dune, he was no doubt aware of the book’s long and often tortured history in Hollywood. Once thought unfilmable – just ask Jodorowsky – it was finally adapted by David Lynch into a famously off-kilter film in 1984, and then a Sci-Fi Channel miniseries version also got some traction in 2000. But those takes didn’t quite manage to translate the more epic and spiritual qualities of Herbert’s work. Could Villeneuve, who had pulled off the seemingly impossible with his fantastic sequel to Blade Runner, finally do justice to the tale of Paul Atreides? Unfortunately, the answer is… not quite. For all its amazing imagery and A-list stars and very cool interpretations of the nerdier aspects of Herbert’s book, this version of Dune doesn’t fully coalesce.

Director Villeneuve says science fiction epic ‘Dune’ more relevant today

(Reuters) – Tackling politics, religion, the fight for precious resources and the environment, Frank Herbert’s 1965 epic science fiction novel “Dune” is more relevant to today’s audiences, director Denis Villeneuve said on Friday as he brought his ambitious adaptation to the Venice Film Festival. An ensemble cast led by Timothee...

Timothée Chalamet Raced to Finish Reading ‘Dune’ for First Time After Villeneuve Called to Meet

Timothée Chalamet is set to be one of the major stars of fall film festival season as the lead in Denis Villeneuve’s long-awaited “Dune,” world premiering September 3 out of competition at the Venice Film Festival. The Oscar nominee touted the space epic ahead of its Venice launch in a new interview with Deadline, where he revealed it was Villeneuve’s involvement that encouraged him to buy Frank Herbert’s novel and read it for the first time. Chalamet went so far as to set up a Google alert on his phone for “Dune” so he could track the project after Villeneuve...

David Lynch’s ‘Dune’ Actress Knew Film Was in Big Trouble After Hearing First Lines of Dialogue

The upcoming Venice Film Festival world premiere of Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune” is inspiring moviegoers to look back on the last big screen adaptation of Frank Herbert’s seminal science-fiction novel, David Lynch’s 1984 “Dune.” That release was such a notorious critical misfire that Lynch wanted his name off it, as his creative vision was meddled with by producers and the studio. Lynch said as recently as April 2020 that his “Dune” remains “a huge, gigantic sadness in my life.” For cast member Francesca Annis, who played Lady Jessica, “Dune” was a misfire as soon as she heard the first lines of...

Denis Villeneuve ‘Very Optimistic’ He’ll Make ‘Dune Part 2,’ but Not If ‘Part 1’ Bombs at Box Office

Denis Villeneuve is feeling confident that he will get the chance to make “Dune Part 2,” which he isn’t even viewing as a sequel to his upcoming “Dune” movie that’s being released this October. As the director told Total Film magazine, “There’s no such thing as ‘Dune 1’ and ‘Dune 2.’ It’s ‘Dune: Part One’ and ‘Dune: Part Two.'” Villeneuve only agreed to direct an adaptation of Frank Herbert’s novel for Warner Bros. and Legendary if they let him split the book into two parts. The director is now writing “Dune Part 2” and said it would take a “Part...