Thanks to the well-known series of delays and setbacks, it feels like we’ve waited an eternity to see director Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation Dune, but writer Eric Roth is here to drag on the hype train and compare the upcoming sci-fi franchise starter to one of the most beloved trilogies of all time. Roth recently teased their approach to adapting the groundbreaking novel, describing the film as “ truly spectacular. ”
[Working on Dune] was beautiful. I had done some work for Denis Arrival and we became a little bit soulmates. And so when Dune came by, he asked me if I wanted to approach it. And I did, and I wrote a big, full, overwritten version of Eric Roth who had certain things especially for me. It had to be cut down, frankly, and kind of put in, and Denis did some of that, and they ended up bringing in a writer – I was busy, so they brought in a writer called Jon Spaihts, who is a great writer which I think I kept it on the ground. And I think he … I don’t want to say Lord of the Rings, but I think it’s really pretty spectacular. He’s a visionary of his kind, Denis. ‘
Fans of Frank Herbert’s novel have worried how Villeneuve would bring the expanded story to life in just one film (causing many flashbacks to director David Lynch’s 1984 attempt), with Roth now confirming what everyone had suspected ; Dune is only the first half.
“It’s the first half all the way. I didn’t know when we started, so I think I adapted a little more than the first half and started the second half of the book. But I’ve seen the movie, it’s like this. about the first half. “
Planning a franchise when you have no idea how the first installment will be received is a risky game and can of course result in Dune feeling like unfinished business was allowed to come from worst to worst. However, Roth remains hopeful that Villeneuve will complete the arc, although the esteemed writer is unlikely to be involved.
“I [wrote] a treatment to show the estate what we could do with the second half, but I have to tell you I think I did as much as I can. I also have other things I want to do. I am 76 years old and it clearly takes a long time to do these things. And so I have a few more that I’m excited about. And hopefully people love Dune so much that they do want a second part, and I’m sure Denis would do a great version of that. “
Dune will cast the audience into the distant future of humanity as Duke Leto Atreides (Oscar Isaac) takes on the stewardship of the dangerous desert planet of Arrakis, aka Dune, the only source of the most valuable substance in the universe, ‘the spice’ , a drug that extends human life, provides superhuman levels of thinking, and makes faster-than-light travel practical. Although Leto knows the odds are a complicated trap set by his enemies, he takes his Bene Gesserit concubine Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson), young son and heir Paul (Timothée Chalamet) and most trusted advisers to Arrakis. Leto takes charge of the spice mining industry, which is made dangerous by the presence of giant sandworms. A bitter betrayal leads Paul and Jessica to the Fremen, residents of Arrakis who live in the deep desert.
Dune is scheduled to hit theaters on October 1, 2021 in the United States in IMAX and 3D by Warner Bros. Pictures, as well as a month-long simultaneous release on the HBO Max streaming service. This is from Collider.