It’s finally here! The trailer for the latest adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune! I must say that I like the darker feel it has compared to the 1984 film and 2000 miniseries. After seeing this trailer, I spent five whole minutes reciting my favorite quotes from the book such as “He who controls the spice controls the universe” or “Muad’Dib”. I look forward to seeing this film assuming the theaters will be open by then.
As the 2020 adaptation of Dune draws closer, I begin to think about the book’s most iconic creature: the sandworms of Arrakis! In the 1984 film, the special effects made the sandworms look underwhelming. The sandworms in the miniseries version of Dune looked even better. Now, I have been keeping tabs on the sandworms in the 2020 movie. It looks like the filmmakers have been focusing a lot on attention to detail regarding both the sandworms and the film as a whole. It comforts me to know that the filmmakers are truly trying their best to be as faithful as possible to the original story. They have spent over a year coming up with the right design for the sandworms. Based on recent news, the sandworms in the 2020 film will look more prehistoric than in previous versions. Essentially, the sandworms of Arrakis will be like colossal serpentine dinosaurs the size of the Empire State Building! WOW!!!
I have received splendid news! It looks like there will be a remake of Dune later this year! I have read the book and watched the 1984 film and the 2000 miniseries. I certainly hope they will be using the script that was made by Alejandro Jodorowsky. That script was never filmed, but it was said to surpass Star Wars if it was ever filmed. That would make Jodorowsky’s version of Dune the greatest science fiction film never made. My life and overall existence as a scifi fan would be complete if this is when the Jodorowsky script finally gets filmed!
As for the forthcoming 2020 version, we received leaked images from the set as well as reveals on who will be in the cast:
Timothee Chalamet as Paul Atreides AKA Muad’Dib AKA Usul AKA the Kwisatz Haderach
Oscar Issac as Duke Leto Atreides, father of Paul Atreides
Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica, Bene Gesserit mother of Paul and concubine of Leto
Josh Brolin as Gurney Hallek, weapons master of House Atreides
Stellan Skarsgard as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, sworn enemy of House Atreides and head of House Harkonnen
Zendaya as Chani, Fremen concubine of Paul Atreides
Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho, swordmaster of House Atreides
Chang Chen as Dr. Wellington Yueh, Suk doctor of House Atreides
Overall, this version of Dune has an ensemble cast full of wise choices. I look forward to seeing this film on the big screen. Hopefully, the pandemic will end so it can be released on schedule.