Actor Actor Timothee Chalamet and director Denis Villeneuve at the premiere of ‘Dune’ | Photo Credit: YARA NARDI
Denis Villeneuve's adaptation of Frank Herbert's novel "Dune" was always intended to be split into two parts. Even if the sequel is far from definite, the Canadian filmmaker and his actor Timothée Chalamet have already described it as a "dream."
“Simply put, this was the honor of a lifetime for me,” Chalamet said Friday at the Venice Film Festival. “I hope we get to do a second one. It would be a dream...(but) it’s already been a dream come true.”
At a press conference held before the film's international premiere on Friday night at the Lido, Chalamet, Villeneuve, Zendaya, Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, and Javier Bardem all discussed the film. Although it is not part of the competition lineup, it is one of the most anticipated films of the year, following a lengthy delay due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The dramatic narrative of a rising duke, interplanetary power battles, a priceless spice, and terrible spaceworms in “Dune,” based on Herbert's 1965 science fiction classic, has both inspired and bested some of the best directors. When his family discovers that they are to control and safeguard the harsh desert planet Arrakis, home to the universe's most important resource, Chalamet plays the youthful hero Paul Atreides, who is being groomed to lead.
It's a tale that's inspired many great minds, but it's also one that's outdone them. In the 1970s, Alejandro Jodorowsky attempted to adapt it, but after years of development and a script that would have resulted in a 14-hour film, funding fell through, and the rights lapsed. “Jodorowsky's Dune,” a documentary released in 2013, was based on the almost-film. Ridley Scott worked on another version for seven months before abandoning it in favour of “Blade Runner.” Then came David Lynch's intervention. His 1984 film, starring Kyle MacLachlan, flopped at the box office and failed to please reviewers.
Villeneuve, the director of complex and cerebral space epics like "Arrival" and "Blade Runner 2049," was undeterred by the devastation that had occurred previously. Villeneuve had his own vision for the book, which he'd been imagining since he first read it as a teenager.
Villeneuve made his "Dune" with the help of Legendary and Warner Bros., a whopping $165 million in the bank, the promise of a sequel, and an extra year to perfect it due to COVID delays. And now he's ready to cast his spell on the rest of the world as well.
Source: The Hindu
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