Third times the charm! Today we were gifted with the first official trailer of the latest effort to adapt DUNE, considered one of the greatest science fiction novels of all time, to the big(ger) screen. Previous efforts were products of their times, from 1984 and 2000, respectfully. Originally created by Frank Herbert. The series’ legacy has continued thanks to Brian Herbert – Frank Herbert’s son – and co-author Kevin J. Anderson.
Set in a fictional, far-distant future where a few noble houses lead a feudal society stretching across many planets–the books cover a sprawling saga with several characters, odd names, and a fondness that has seen the books loved by fans and sci-fi aficionados for decades. The adaptation has always been a tall order as it is the epic story of the son of a noble family entrusted with the protection of the most valuable asset–the most vital element in the galaxy.
“Beyond Fear. Destiny Awaits.”
The trailer that dropped today is a glorious, star-studded one led by Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Jason Momoa, and Oscar Isaac. It also stars Rebecca Ferguson, Dave Bautista and Charlotte Rampling. The visuals look promising, with talk of war, family, madness, and even love lost amongst the clamor that the trailer brings. There looks to be substantial thought to the world-building as we see a terrifying creature make an appearance near the end of the trailer along with numerous space crafts transporting folks around.
Attached to direct is Arrival and Blade Runner 2049 director, Denis Villeneuve. Villeneuve, a French Canadian film director and writer who has a few impressive sci-fi hits under his belt and as IMDB tells us has been working on the screenplay alongside Jon Spaihts and Eric Roth. Time will tell if this adaptation will be the one that history remembers fondly and fans will cherish. Until then, it has made a hell of a first impression. The trailer is at least worthy of some replay value to watch again and dissect, for newer fans and older fans alike.
IMDB tells us the project is in Post-production and is to be “Expected December 18, 2020”.