Thanks to a familiar series of setbacks and setbacks, it seems like we’ve been waiting forever to see director Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of DuneBut writer Eric Roth is here to keep up the hype, comparing the upcoming sci-fi franchise to one of the most beloved trilogies of all time. Roth recently mocked his approach to adapting the seminal novel, describing the film as “truly spectacular.”
“[Working on Dune] it was wonderful. I did a job for Denis in Arrival and we become a kind of soul mate. And then when Dune He arrived, asked me if I would come closer. And I did, and I wrote a big, full, overwritten draft of Eric Roth that had certain special things in it for me. Honestly, I had to cut it and take advantage of it, and Denis did some of that, and they finally brought in a writer; It was busy so they brought in a writer named Jon Spaihts, who is a wonderful writer, who I think kept him grounded. And I think he … I don’t want to say Lord of the Rings, but I think it’s really spectacular. He’s a visionary of his own kind, Denis. “
Fans of Frank Herbert’s novel have worried about how Villeneuve would bring the vast story to life in a single film (causing many to suffer flashbacks from director David Lynch’s 1984 effort) with Roth now confirming what everyone had suspected; Dune it’s only the first half.
“It’s completely the first half. I didn’t know when we started, so I think I adapted a little more than the first half and started to get into the second half of the book. But I’ve seen the movie, it’s more or less the first half. “
Planning a franchise when you have no idea how the first installment will be received is a risky game and of course could result in Dune feel like unfinished business in case the worst turns out to be the worst. However, Roth is hopeful that Villeneuve can complete the arc, although the esteemed writer is unlikely to be involved.
“I [wrote] a treatment to show the farm what we could do with the second half, but I have to tell you that I think I have done everything I can. I also have other things that I want to do. I’m 76 years old and obviously these things take a long time. And I have a few others that excite me. And hopefully people like Dune so much that they want to have a second part, and I’m sure Denis would do an amazing version of that. “
Dune will throw the public into the distant future of humanity, as Duke Leto Atreides (Oscar Isaac) accepts the stewardship of the dangerous desert planet Arrakis, also known as Dune, the only source of the most valuable substance in the universe, “the spice”, a drug that prolongs human life, provides superhuman thought levels, and makes faster-than-light travel practical. Although Leto knows that opportunity is an intricate trap set by his enemies, he takes his Bene Gesserit concubine Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson), their son and heir Paul (Timothée Chalamet), and Arrakis’ most trusted advisers. Leto takes control of the spice mining operation, which is rendered dangerous by the presence of giant sandworms. A bitter betrayal leads Paul and Jessica to the Fremen, Arrakis natives who live deep in the desert.
Dune is scheduled to be released in theaters in the United States in IMAX and 3D on October 1, 2021 by Warner Bros. Pictures, as well as a simultaneous month-long release on the HBO Max streaming service. This comes to us from Collider.