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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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‘Blade Runner 2049’ Director Gets Edgy For Upcoming Dune Adaptation

Frank Herbert’s 1965 classic sci-fi novel Dune is getting another movie adaptation, and director Denis Villenueve claims his version will be completely different from David Lynch’s 1984 take. 


Lynch’s Dune is known as his weakest directorial attempt (to be fair, he’s done Mulholland Drive, Blue Velvet, and Twin Peaks), though through no fault of his own, producers took the film out of his hands during editing and the experience turned him off working big budget studio movies. He disowned the film and rarely speaks of it in interviews. Agree to disagree, it’s one of my favorite movies.


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With Villeneuve attached to the new adaptation, he’s determined to have a vision all his own. A huge fan of Herbert’s novel, he’s currently working on the script for the newest version, starting from scratch and taking inspiration from the book itself.


David Lynch did an adaptation in the ’80s that has some very strong qualities, I mean 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. It will not have any link with the David Lynch movie. I’m going back to the book, and going to the images that came out when I read it.


Villeneuve’s work has been notable as of recent, directing acclaimed films like Arrival, Enemy, and Blade Runner 2049, so Dune should be right up his wheelhouse. 


Despite his fantastic credentials, Dune is a notoriously difficult adaptation – Peter Berg and Pierre Morel both spent years trying to adapt a new version, and Ridley Scott and Alejandro Jodorowsky attempted even before Lynch’s 1984 film. With the number of characters and the sheer scope of the story, Dune is a Moby Dick of its own. Hey, if they can do it with Game of Thrones, they can do it with Dune. But to be fair, Game of Thrones has 70+ hours of film. So maybe Dune should be a TV series? Just spitballing here.


The newest adaptation of Dune doesn’t have a release date yet, but I’ll definitely be first in line when it comes out.


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11 Crazy-Complicated Classic Works of Fiction


While we wait for the robots to take over most cumbersome tasks, a brave few still take it upon themselves to tackle books that defy easy absorption or explanation. These classic works of literature are no walk-in-the-park. You may even find your self questioning your sanity. But if you stick it out, you may just end up with a truly transformative experience. Might be best to put a ‘no entry’ side on the door, ’cause you’re gonna be out of commission for the next few days/weeks/months… 


  1. ‘Finnegan’s Wake’ by James Joyce


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Joyce’s final novel, ‘Finnegan’s Wake’ is also the Irish modernist’s most complex work. The narrative tools Joyce had been finessing for years, from stream-of-consciousness to sudden changes in perspective, all culminate in a work so dense that there is still no absolute consensus on what the plot even is. Enter this mad house if you dare…


  1. ‘The Canterbury Tales’ by Geoffrey Chaucer


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Back when Chaucer wrote ‘Tales’ way back in the 1390’s, Middle English was the common language of the English people. Things have changed a bit since then. Though modern readers attempting to absorb the text in it’s original vernacular must confront a bizarre sense of simultaneous recognition and alienation while parsing out expired words and spellings, modern English translations still present their own challenges when it comes to understanding syntax and the social mores of Chaucer’s day.


  1. ‘Mumbo Jumbo’ by Ishmael Reed


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In 1972, Ishmael Reed cut mainstream American society–and its appropriation of black culture–down to size with this epic work about an “epidemic” of blackness called “Jes Grew” spreading into white America. Reed takes his world building to the extreme, incorporating a jam-packed cast of historical figures and nobody misfits, and entire sections that veer completely away from the main plot. It’s crazy, it’s frightening, it’s mesmerizing—just like America, it seems.


  1. ‘To the Lighthouse’ by Virginia Woolf


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Woolf, one of the early twentieth century modernists who helped changed the way novels are written, aims to explore nothing less than the very nature of human consciousness in this expressionist take on the journey of one large English family over a tumultuous period of personal and political history. The lighthouse is the least of our worries…or is it?


  1. ‘Nightwood’ by Djuna Barnes


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Though praised for its frank exploration of homosexuality when such depictions were extremely hard to come by, this very autobiographical 1936 novel’s gothic prose style makes it yet another modernist masterpiece with capacity to slowly melt your brain.


  1. ‘In Search of Lost Time’ by Marcel Proust


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And to think it all started with a madeleine cake! One taste of the dessert is all it takes for The Narrator (heavily based on Proust himself) to descend into a spiraling rabbit hole of emotions, regrets, and involuntary childhood memories of life in the prosperous but repressed wealthy French milieu. At 4,125 pages, this probably isn’t the kind of book you should tote to the beach.


  1. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien



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For Tolkien-ites, ‘The Silmarillion’ is where it all begins: it is the story of how Middle-Earth itself came to be, and it was the first LOTR-related writing Tolkien—who started work on the project while recuperating from injuries sustained in WWI—ever did. Those who thought the LOTR trilogy and ‘The Hobbit’ contained more than enough background information and weird fantasy names would be best to avoid this book. If that isn’t you, happy reading!


  1.  ‘Making of Americans’ by Gertrude Stein


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In the tradition of Leo Tolstoy’s ‘War and Peace’, Stein crafts a multi-generational epic about the fortunes and failures of two prominent American families. Though she doesn’t include maddeningly tedious-to-translate French like Tolstoy does, Stein does make a specific choice to repeat certain phrases over and over that makes it quite easy to totally lose your bearings in the already-dense universe of the Hersland and Dehning clans.


  1. ‘Cloud Atlas’ by David Mitchell


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What to the nineteenth century South Pacific, 1970’s California, and the post-apocalyptic future have in common? You tell us! Mitchell’s foray into re-incarnation and the unchangeable components of human nature is at turns exhilarating and, well, exhausting. Take snack breaks.


  1. ‘Dune’ by Frank Herbert


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Paul Atreides is your average 15-year old boy. He likes swords. He is the heir to a Dukedom. He lives in space—specifically, on a desolate desert planet where giant worms roam and the locals take drugs that turn their eyes blue. Oh, and he’s probably the intergalactic messiah. Sorry, did we say he was average? What we meant was “balls-to-the-wall insane and profoundly complicated.” Dune offers much to those who accept its challenges, but do not expect a story that one can just consume without quite a bit of digestion afterwards.


  1. ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ by Gabriel García Márquez


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Whimsical magic and brutal historical realities make strange bedfellows in this look at one very messed up Colombian family’s experience of love, violence and colonialism in a small backwater town. If nothing else, Márquez makes abundantly clear that “the truth”—or the rationalizations and pat stories we convince ourselves are the truth—are not what he’s aiming for here. And we are (mostly) grateful for it.


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