If there’s one film that is far and away my most anticipated release of 2020 then it’s definitely Dune. Frank Herbert crafted a sprawling science-fiction epic and now reverred filmmaker Denis Villeneuve is bringing an obsessive level of detail to this, his dream, project.
Recently we got a look into Dune with some amazing images, and now Villeneuve has opened up on his preparations for the film, which included an entire year spent of conceptualizing and designing the Dune universe, which of course includes the mythical sandworms of Arrakis.
MovieWeb have given us a new insight into what went into crafting the look of Dune with Villeneuve describing the design process. “We talked about every little detail that would make such a beast possible, from the texture of the skin, to the way the mouth opens, to the system to eat its food in the sand. It was a year of work to design and to find the perfect shape that looked prehistoric enough,” said the director.
Along with the description of Dune’s sandworms, we’ve also gotten a new look at the film’s lead character, Paul Atreides, a character destined to fulfill a mystical prophecy and whom will be played by Timothée Chalamet.
Here’s the official synopsis:
In the far future of humanity, Duke Leto Atreides accepts stewardship of the dangerous desert planet Arrakis, the only source of the most valuable substance in the universe, “the spice”, a drug which extends human life, provides superhuman levels of thought, and makes foldspace travel possible. Though Leto knows the opportunity is an intricate trap set by his enemies, the Harkonnens, he takes his Bene Gesserit concubine Lady Jessica, young son and heir Paul, and most trusted advisers to Arrakis, also known as Dune. Leto takes control of the spice mining operation, which is made perilous by the presence of giant sandworms. A bitter betrayal leads Paul and Jessica to the Fremen, natives of Arrakis who live in the deep desert.
While we still have a long way to go until we see Dune, the level of detail looks incredible and Villeneuve clearly has the passion to craft something truly magnificent.
Dune will arrive in cinemas on December 26.
Images: Roadshow Films