Dune is a series of science fiction novels created by Frank Herbert in the early 1960s; the world posed and the characters have captured so much attention that on more than one occasion they have tried to bring these stories to the big screen, but it has not been so easy. When we talk about adaptations we must always take into account the effort that must be made to respect the original work and get as close as possible to what is stated on the pages.
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But Dune is so complex that making an adaptation is more complicated than any other project, especially being aware of the imaginary worlds presented by the author. This has become one of the frustrated projects of the artist Alejandro Jodorowsky, who was clear about what he wanted to show on the screen and already had a whole plan to achieve an adequate visual and sound design, but he did not say that the studios would not be interested. in betting on something so expensive that, in addition, it involved the particular vision of Salvador Dalí.
By 1984 David Lynch managed to make a film adaptation a reality (Dunas – 56%), however, its reception was not the best since several critics pointed out that the film was not only confusing, it was also boring. For this 2021 a new attempt arrived, and the time or the technological advances are not everything, in previous decades they managed to make extraordinary futuristic films using the art and technology of the moment; but perhaps what has helped this new adaptation is the path that its director has forged with futuristic and Science Fiction contexts.
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During the recent celebration of the Venice Film Festival, Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049 – 88%, Arrival – 94%) managed to project Dune for the first time – 80%, a production that has not had an easy path either, especially if we talk about its constant delays and the blow that the current pandemic meant. But despite that, he finally had his first encounter with audiences and critics, who have so far praised the soundtrack, sound design, and visual composition.
So far it is known that Villeneuve already has plans for the second part on the table, and according to his words (via Empire) he has already begun to advance in some aspects with the purpose of being able to start filming in 2022, he is only waiting that Warner Bros. executives give it the go-ahead, which will surely have to do with the general response of the public to see if it is convenient for them to invest again. Although the director has been insistent that he wants the second installment to be released as soon as possible to keep the audience’s attention.
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To go fast in a movie of that size, you still need to do sets, costumes, so we’re talking months. But if there is ever buzz and the movie gets the green light sooner rather than later, I’ll say I’ll be ready to shoot in 2022 for sure. I’d love to because I’m ready to go, and I’ll say I’d love to get it to screen ASAP.
On the other hand, the Canadian filmmaker assured that the second part will be the main course full of action and impressive confrontations, since the first only works to pose the problem, the presentation of the characters, presents the worlds, the different cultures, families and planets, their codes and their ideas. Pretty much this movie just sets the playing field for all the excitement to build up in the sequel. It is expected that in the coming months Dune hit theaters around the world.