Dune – 80% is one of the biggest releases of the year. After many attempts, the new adaptation of Frank Herbert’s work will finally hit the big screen and it seems that Denis Villeneuve’s vision is the right one. The epic sci-fi story has several obstacles to overcome. For starters, fans of the novel know how complex it is and two and a half hours is not enough. On the other hand, the work is quite deep, but it must also be justified as an action film to enchant the audience. The first reactions have been very positive and highlight the great performance of Timothée Chalamet in the lead.
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As a novel, Dune began a saga that continued even after the death of the author and that by successfully adapting it could ensure something similar in film and television. David Lynch tried it at the time, but the constant intervention of the producer and wanting to limit the duration caused a failure that separated the director from this type of project forever. Alejandro Jodorowsky felt capable of achieving the goal and had everything planned for the production, but the filming never took place. Villeneuve seems like the right creator thanks to tapes like Enemy – 75%, Arrival – 94% and Blade Runner 2049 – 88% proving how well you can balance classic elements of the genre with existentialist philosophy and excellent character development.
In theory, the film will open the doors to a new and improved film series that could have a lot of spin-offs on television thanks to the alliance. Warner Bros./HBO Max. The problem is that we all know that the axis of the production companies will always be money. Although companies have an interest in meeting the expectations of the public, and more or less seek to convince the specialized critics, it is the profits at the box office that dictate the future of these franchises. In case of Dune It is dangerous, as it was quite expensive to produce, its premiere was delayed several times due to the pandemic, and it will also premiere on a streaming service.
If anything showed the conflict generated by Black Widow – 87% and the exclusive theatrical release of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings – 95% was that the audience is willing to fill the rooms, but they will think twice if they have the option to see the title on a streaming service. Scarlett Johansson sued Disney for the millionaire losses caused by the premiere of her solo film in Disney +, while Shang-chi he had an excellent reception. Dune may suffer a similar fate because it will not take long to reach HBO Max and some prefer to wait for this alternative.
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Denis Villeneuve, like other directors such as Christopher Nolan and Patty Jenkins, do not support the dual release, since the production of their films is made for another format. Of course, the dark room experience is unmatched and the best way to enjoy certain types of movies like superheroes, sci-fi, and horror. The director and the cast want to do a second part of Dune, and although it all depends on the world box office, they remain very optimistic. In a recent interview for SFX Magazine (via Games Radar), Villeneuve clarified that the film should “do really badly” so that Warner Bros. decide not to continue.
Dune It opens in October and the director will have a clearer picture of the sequel in December when the final numbers are released. The good news is that Denis Villeneuve He is so sure of a second part, where he will give priority to the character played by Zendaya, who already has the script almost ready and production in order to start as soon as they receive the green light.
The first criticisms of the film highlight the feeling that something is missing, but in a good way, as it refers to the need to continue knowing this story in sequels. The director himself admits that this installment serves to pose the initial problem that will develop. That’s exactly why Denis Villeneuve he is anxious for the sequel to be accepted, as he wants to work on it quickly so that there is not too much time between premieres and the attention of the demanding audience is not lost. On your side, HBO Max He is also committing to the franchise and is already developing a prequel series called Dune: The Sisterhood which still does not have a release date.
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