Dune: Villeneuve Adaptation Promotional Pictures

We have a fresh look at the upcoming motion picture starring Timothée Chalamet. Vanity Fair has shared the first image from Denis Villeneuve's new adaptation of Frank Herbert's book Dune. Villeneuve has the monumental task of creating a world of the future.

First Look Dune

Herbert's original book explores the life of Paul Atreides, played by Chalamet, who is a young man with a great destiny to fulfil, and who must travel and explore dangerous planets to ensure the well-being of his family. Dune is not easy reading, however, because the reader is plopped right in the middle of a new planet, a land of sand and rock, there to encounter a different form of religion, philosophy, political system and warfare. The new film undoubtedly will be a great treat for Scifi fans.

However, this is not the first time that we have seen a film adaptation being made. Many may be familiar with David Lynch's 1984 version, however another attempt to adapt Herbert's work was made almost a decade earlier by another flamboyant director. In the early 1970s, Chilean director and psychologist Alejandro Jodorowsky decided to take on the challenge of adapting Dune to the big screen. The project was called "the most ambitious science fiction film in history", but it never saw the light of day.

The movie was going to feature on a soundtrack made by Pink Floyd and with a performance by Mick Jagger. When Herbert, travelled to Europe he found that $ 2 million out of a $ 9.5 million budget had been spent in pre-production and Jodorowsky's script lasted over 14 hours. After two and a half years of production, the expenses were too much, and finally, the project was canned. Years later the rights would be bought by another producer who with David Lynch would create the 1984 version.

We will never know what may have resulted from Jodorowsky's adaptation. However now in the hands of Denis Villeneuve, who directed Blade Runner 2049, we might see Dune's full potential.

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