Filming has begun on Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Entertainment’s Dune, which is being directed by Oscar nominee Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049, Sicario). The movie, the first of a possible trilogy, is of course, an adaptation of Frank Herbert’s bestselling novel, and star David Dastmalchian says it will be absolutely true to the source material.
"Once I got cast in [Dune], I decided not to revisit the [David Lynch] film," Dastmalchian, who is playing Piter De Vries, told Cinema Blend. "But I did go back and revisited the book because like I said, I love it. I’ve only read the book once, but I’ve gone back to it many times just to dip in and out and pull quotes. It’s just a fun and very dense piece of philosophical writing. It’s so exciting the thought that this level of maturity and complexity in Herbert’s writing is going to be put on a giant screen by Denis Villeneuve. And the cast that he’s put together, it’s so awesome."
Dastmalchian continued, "The Piter De Vries that I’m playing I hope will resonate with and reflect the Piter de Vries that people who loved the books associate with. I can’t really discuss much about the script or the plot itself, but I can just tell you that that old phrase ‘True to the spirit’ or ‘honoring the spirit of’, and to be quite honest I haven’t even seen the most recent of the script, but in the way Denis has talked about the film and what I’ve seen, it’s absolutely true to and in honor of everything that Frank put into the novel. And translating something from novel form to cinema form requires a lot of mastery as storytellers go, and I think there’s no one better for that job than Denis."
Dune stars Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name), Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation), Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi), Oscar nominee Josh Brolin (Milk, Deadpool 2), Stellan Skarsgård (the Mamma Mia! films, Avengers: Age of Ultron), Dave Bautista (the Guardians of the Galaxy films, Avengers: Endgame), Zendaya (Spider-Man: Homecoming), David Dastmalchian (the Ant-Man movies), Stephen Henderson (Lady Bird), with Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling (45 Years, Assassin’s Creed), with Jason Momoa (Aquaman), and Oscar winner Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men, Skyfall). Chang Chen (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Grandmaster) is in discussions to join the cast.
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.
Villeneuve is directing Dune from a screenplay he co-wrote with Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts based on Herbert’s novel. The film is being produced by Mary Parent, Cale Boyter, Joe Caracciolo and Villeneuve. The executive producers are Tanya Lapointe, Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt, Kim Herbert, Thomas Tull, Jon Spaihts, Richard P. Rubinstein, John Harrison and Herbert W. Gains, with Kevin J. Anderson serving as creative consultant.
Behind the scenes, Villeneuve is collaborating for the first time with Oscar-nominated director of photography Greig Fraser (Lion, Zero Dark Thirty, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story); three-time Oscar-nominated costume designer Jacqueline West (The Revenant, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and co-costume designer Bob Morgan; and stunt coordinator Tom Struthers (The Dark Knight trilogy, Inception). Oscar-winning and multiple Oscar-nominated composer Hans Zimmer (Blade Runner 2049, Inception, Gladiator) is creating the score. Villeneuve is also reteaming with two-time Oscar-nominated production designer Patrice Vermette (Arrival, Sicario), two-time Oscar-nominated editor Joe Walker (Blade Runner 2049, Arrival, 12 Years a Slave), two-time Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Paul Lambert (First Man, Blade Runner 2049), and Oscar-winning special effects supervisor Gerd Nefzer (Blade Runner 2049).
Dune is being filmed on location in Budapest, Hungary, and in Jordan.
The film is slated for a November 20th, 2020 worldwide release from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Entertainment.