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‘Dune’ Actor Says Remake Will Be “Absolutely True” to the Novel

The newest Dune adaptation has only begun filming, but many people involved are confident that director Denis Villeneuve will deliver a stunning, cinematic epic—again.

According to Dazed, actor David Dastmalchian says that the remake will be true to the original Dune written by Frank Herbert, and will seemingly capture the novel’s intricacies in ways that David Lynch’s 1984 adaptation didn’t.


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I can’t really discuss much about the script or the plot itself, but I can just tell you 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.


Dastmalchian stars in the film as antagonist Piter de Vries and certainly has a reliable stamp of approval. After starring in other acclaimed films that Villeneuve directed, such as Prisoners and Blade Runner 2049, it should be easy for him to determine if a project of Villeneuve’s will succeed. Villeneuve also co-wrote the screenplay with Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts.


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“When you think about Arrival and Blade Runner 2049, those are the two science fiction films that he’s crafted, you see his gift for telling stories that are visually stunning, but that are also rooted in really complex ideas and really fascinating characters,” he added.


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Villeneuve himself has stated the importance of adapting straight from the source material, and learned from Lynch’s film, explaining, “David Lynch is one of the best filmmakers alive, I have massive respect for him. But when I saw his adaptation, I was impressed, but it was not what I had dreamed of, so I’m trying to make the adaptation of my dreams… I’m going back to the book, and going to the images that came out when I read it.”

Dune follows Timothee Chalamet’s Paul Atreides, whose family controls the only remaining planet with valuable resources. Control of Arrakis is highly sought after by competing noble families, and Paul’s family is betrayed. Paul must lead a rebellion in order to restore House Atreides’s reign.

Dune arrives November 20th, 2020.


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Literature’s Top 5 Most Astounding Space Operas

Space opera! The genre emphasizes the more ‘fun’ parts of science fiction, like epic spaceships, adventure, interplanetary battles, and romance. Though seen frequently on screen in the form of films such as Star Wars, Star Trekand The Fifth Elementspace opera has another life of its own on the written page. There are dozens of novels emphasizing the great adventures through space, full of aliens, galactic warfare, and bands of heroes fighting against massive empires. With so many of them, where to start? Well, here are some recommendations, with five of the best examples of space opera fiction!


5. Dune by Frank Herbert


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Dune is dense. Dune is fascinating. These facts are both equally true but the fact remains that Dune is both a challenging read and utterly worthwhile to check out. Revolving around young Paul Atriedes, the story tells of a distant feudal society in the stars that lay claim to various planets. Paul is put in charge of Arrakis, a center of trade where the valuable substance known as ‘spice’ is being mined. Everyone wants the spice but Paul must defend it. Filled with politics, intrigue, ecology, Dune is a wonderful read, albeit one you should be prepared to immerse yourself in. Make sure to read it before the new movie comes out in November 2020!


4. Hyperion by Dan simmons


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Hyperion is a surreal read. In the world of Hyperion awaits a creature called the Shrike, which some worship as a god while others have vowed to destroy. With the war about to spiral into war, seven pilgrims head to Hyperion to find the creature, all with different motives and all hoping to use it for their own ends. As they brave the world of Hyperion, they each must face their destinies on the world beyond the reach of man.


3. Old man’s War by John Scalzi


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The future isn’t looking good for humanity in this novel. Humanity has reached the stars but is fighting for resources against rival alien cultures. The Earth’s resources are controlled by the Colonial Defense Force, which mandates that when citizens reach retirement age, they join the military. They don’t want young people, they want people with age and experience. Enter John Perry, seventy-five-years-old. As he reaches retirement age, he is swooped up by the CDF and taken into deep space to join the fight. This is a fascinating novel about humanity’s failures while detailing what it’s like to grow old.


2. A Fire upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge


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A Fire Upon The Deep is more a classic space opera, full of cool spaceships and various alien races. Fleeing an alien menace that is enslaving other worlds, a family is taken captive by another alien race called the Tines and are used as hostages. A rescue mission is put together, composed of humans and aliens, and sent off to rescue the family even as the unknowable alien menace threatens to bear down on them all. But the family may hold a secret that can save civilization. One hopes they’ll be rescued in time.


1. Leviathan Wakes by James Corey


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Leviathan Wakes tells the story of humanity who has reached the stars but their civilization is on the decline. When a ship’s captain and a detective find themselves involved in a case of a missing girl, they find themselves involved in a conspiracy that threatens to bring the society of humanity to the brink of civil war. The first book in The Expanse, this is space opera without aliens but very well written and extremely compelling.



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Hollywoods’ Hottest Composer Hans Zimmer to Score ‘Dune’ Adaptation

Surely you know who Hans Zimmer is. He is the man behind the music and emotion of some of our favorite films. Whether you remember being curled up on the couch fist bumping while Christian Bale embodied the “hero we deserve,” drinking your favorite rum while Captain Jack Sparrow docked his slowly sinking ship or crying profusely while Scar murdered Mufusa, you know Zimmer.

The composer has created everything from the celebratory and carefree score of True Romance to the LOUD mood-affecting madness of films like Inception and Interstellar (he seems to work with Christopher Nolan a lot). Gladiator, The Da Vinci Code, Black Hawk Down, Kung Fu-fricking-Panda— so many films. The man composes the crap out of Hollywood. Even his last name—Zimmer—sounds like an instrument of some kind. And he’s not slowing down.

It has just been announced that Zimmer will compose the score for the new Dune adaptation, based on Frank Herbert’s science fiction novel of the same name.


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Dune follows Paul Atreides as he embarks on what can only be described as an epic journey. The book killed it in 1965, winning numerous awards and capturing the hearts and souls of space nerds eating Apple Jacks cereal everywhere. Dune’s director, Denis Villeneuve, has recently collaborated with Zimmer for Blade Runner 2049. The screenplay has been written by Villeneuve, Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) and Eric Roth (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and has an official synopsis that reads as follows:

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.


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Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros. have convinced an alarming amount of top tier talent to assemble under the narrative of Herbert’s story. Timothée Chalamet will play Paul, Oscar Issac will play Duke Leto Atreides, Zendaya (swoon) will play Chani, Dave Bautista, Jason Momoa, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Rebecca Ferguson and Stellan Skarsgård (of course)—they’re all there. Zimmer’s tunes will rock our worlds and undoubtedly propel all their performances to intergalactic heights (PUN). The adaption is rumored to be conceived as a multi-film production and with Villeneuve doing some Arrival level melancholy, it is sure to be a powerful pair of films.


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Dune is set to be released in theaters on November 20th, 2020, and Hans Zimmer’s music can be heard in the background of every movie ever…


That’s an exaggeration, not every movie… but most of them.



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‘Dune’ Fills ‘Fantastic Beasts 3’ 2020 Release Date Spot

Denis Villeneuve’s Dune remake now has a release date. Warner Bros. announced that the film will come out on November 20th, 2020. This is the second film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 science-fiction epic after the 1984 film by David Lynch.

Dune follows the Atreides family as they acquire control of the planet Arrakis, a desert planet that is the only source of a valuable drug that can extend human life on Earth. The novel explores the various royal families and political figures all fighting over control of the drug.

The all-star cast features Timothée Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Zendaya, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Charlotte Rampling, Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem and Jason Momoa.


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Interestingly, the Dune remake is occupying the release date previously occupied by Fantastic Beasts 3, the third installment in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter spin-off series centered around Newt Scamander. Critical and commercial reception for The Crimes of Grindelwald was the lowest for the Harry Potter series yet. Filming for the third installment was delayed until autumn of this year for retooling.

Are you excited for the new film?



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Timothee Chalamet in Talks to Star in New ‘Dune’ Adaptation

Timothee Chalamet, known for his Oscar-nominated performance in Call Me by Your Name (2017), is in talks to star in Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s science-fiction classic Dune.



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Dune is a best-selling science fiction novel written by American author Frank Herbert. The fist volume of Dune was published in 1965 and won the Nebula Award and Hugo Award, the two best known and most prestigious science fiction and fantasy awards. The last volume of the saga Chapter House: Dune was released in 1985. The success of Dune gave rise to a derivative film, TV series, and video game adaptations. The most known film adaptation was directed by David Lynch in 1984 and turned to be one of the cult films in the American subculture .



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The new adaptation will be directed by Denis Villeneuve, known for his Blade Runner 2049 (2017) and Arrival (2016). Villeneuve wants to depict the novel’s complex and scientific plot on film.


The story is set in a distant future amidst a feudal interstellar society where every noble family aims to take control of “melange” or “the spice,” a fictional drug which renders the user a longer life span, greater vitality, and heightened awareness. The only source of the material comes from Arrikas or “Dune”, a fictional desert plant where the leading character Paul Atreides, whose noble family accepts the stewardship, becomes a desert wanderer fighting against avaricious invaders with his super power heritage.



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According to Villeneuve, the new adaptation will be divided into two parts and Timothee Chalamet may play the role of Paul Atreides. Though the debut date remains unknown, the sandstorm of Dune has already come to every fan and follower!


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