Denis Villeneuve’s Dune will tell half the story of the first novel written by Frank Herbert and a second film is expected to be made, but likely will depend on how audience react to the upcoming remake after David Lynch’s 1984 version became a historical box office bomb.
Army of The Dead’s Dave Bautista is making the press rounds and spoke to Slash Film about Denis Villeneuve’s vision for Dune as he plays the evil Glossu Rabban, alongside his impressive version for the sci-fi epic (inspired the Star Wars franchise) stating people are going to be “blown away” from they’ve done.
BAUTISTA: “[The] world that he’s created is so far over my head. It’s so beautiful and different, and a lot of times dark and strange. But it’s something I never could have imagined. I just don’t have that mind. When I think about things, and when I think about directing, it’s all very contained, based on simple stories, a lot of times very simple and inspiring stories. And for someone to see something and create a world this big, a galaxy, a universe this big, it’s something that doesn’t comprehend, doesn’t compute in my brain. But it’s weird that he can do both. [Denis Villeneuve] can create these huge epic worlds and scenes, but at the same time just focus on the most simple things about a performance. He’s just a special guy, he’s got a special focus, and man, he’s a brilliant storyteller. Dune is special. I think people are going to be blown away. It’s going to be one of the most beautiful films that people have ever seen. But I think that people who are just diehard fans of Dune, of the novels, they’re going to be blown away. Because they don’t have anything, really, to reference in relation to the books. Now they will. They’ll have that visual reference. He took these characters, he took this world, and he’s taken them off the page and put them on screen. It’s epic.”
The Legendary website states it’s still set for a theatrical roll-out on October 1, 2021, while other Warner Bros. releases are getting hybrid releases on HBO Max. There is already work on the second film and a spinoff series for HBO Max titled Dune: The Sisterhood, Legendary certainly wants to turn Dune into a major franchise.
DUNE – A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence—a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential—only those who can conquer their fear will survive.
SOURCE: SLASH FILM