Yesterday we passed along your first look at director Denis Villeneuve’s Dune. And today we learned that when the movie hits theaters this December, it will only be half the novel, as Warner Bros. agreed to tell the story in two films – like Stephen King’s It and It Chapter Two.
And good thing too as Villeneuve says we wouldn’t have agreed to make the film otherwise.
Villeneuve tells Vanity Fair: “I would not agree to make this adaptation of the book with one single movie. The world is too complex. It’s a world that takes its power in details.”
Based on the novel(s) by Frank Herbert, Dune takes place in the year 10191 and centers on a spice called melange, the most valuable substance known in the universe, and its only source, the desert planet Arrakis. Arrakis is awarded to Duke Leto Atreides over his enemies, the Harkonnens. The Harkonnens then violently seize back Arrakis and it is up to Paul, Leto’s son, to lead the natives of Arrakis in a battle for control of the planet and its spice.
It stars Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides, Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica, Oscar Isaac as Duke Leto Atreides, Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck, Stellan Skarsgård as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, Dave Bautista as Glossu Rabban, Zendaya as Chani, David Dastmalchian as Piter De Vries, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Charlotte Rampling as Gaius Helen Mohiam, Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho, Javier Bardem as Stilgar, and Chang Chen as Dr. Wellington Yueh.
Dune is directed by Denis Villeneuve and produced by Mary Parent, Cale Boyter, Joe Caracciolo, Jr., and Villeneuve from a screenplay written by Eric Roth, Jon Spaihts, and Villeneuve based on the novel(s) by Frank Herbert. Warner Bros. unleashes this reboot on December 18, 2020.