Dune is about to premiere at the Venice International Film Festival and his arrival could be one of the great contributions to the genre. For Denis Villeneuve it was not easy at all to build this new adaptation, but the project was in good hands with the director of La Arrival – 94% and Blade Runner 2049 – 88%. To fans, the novel seemed impossible to film, and David Lynch’s first attempt years ago was a very clear confirmation. That didn’t mean they didn’t want to see her, but it did mean they feared the end result. The first advances were very well received and those who have been able to enjoy the director’s cut confirm that we are facing a new and epic franchise.
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The novel of Dune, written by Frank Herbert, is one of those pieces that few read, but everyone knows. The truth is that it is a very long book that many fear, but that grabs you, in a good way, once you commit to it and many critics consider it the best work of science fiction in history. The sequels to the book were well received, but none lived up to the original. If the director of Enemy – 75% achieve a good job in the adaptation, we could be facing a juicy franchise that extends for years.
For now, it is known that Dune is a first installment starring Timothée Chalamet, and that the second film, which depends on the response to it, would give more importance to the character of Chani, played by Zendaya. The expectations are too high, but if everything goes well we will have a lot of this universe in the future with more sequels, spin-offs and even television series. In fact, some time ago there was talk of an adaptation of Sisterhood of Dune, published in 2012, due to be released in HBO Max.
While we wait for the premiere of Dune In commercial theaters, eager fans can quench some of their curiosity with the news and clips that are released every day. Vanity Fair (via Discussing Film) released a small preview of the film that shows us a confrontation between Paul Atreides (Chalamet) and Gurney halleck (Josh Brolin):
Timothée Chalamet and Josh Brolin fight in the first clip of Dune.
Timothée Chalamet and Josh Brolin fight in the first clip from ‘DUNE’.
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Here you can see the full clip:
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Although the scene may seem very simple, the truth is that it is more important to the story than one might imagine. To begin with, it is not about a fight between hero and villain, but about training. In the novel, Atreides is the son of an aristocrat and heir to all the power of his family that also rules the planet Caladan. Because of this, and the constant political struggles, the young man must be prepared for an inevitable attack. This leads him to train with Halleck, a veteran loyal to his family skilled in the use of various weapons.
In an interview for Vanity Fair, Villeneuve explained:
The most important thing about Paul is that he is trying to find his place in the world. Paul should be a sage, someone who is older in his mind than his actual age, but still has the body of a 16-year-old boy.
Paul’s character not only trains with Halleck, he also attends Duncan Idaho (Jason Momoa) which connects the three in a very peculiar way according to the director:
There’s a bit of The Three Musketeers in Dune where we have masters around him who are alpha males. They are Paul’s only friends. Paul grew up as a child surrounded by adults who teach him.
Connoisseurs will immediately notice that the scene follows very well what happens in the novel, even using the same dialogue. Also, the sound and effects represent Herbert’s description of protective fields very well. Although this is a very subtle moment, it seems to show that certain key aspects of Paul’s development are very well handled in the film. Dune will be released commercially in October, when it will also arrive, despite the director’s complaints, at the service of HBO Max.
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