Director Denis Villeneuve’s Dune remake is set to arrive in December. And today the director spoke a bit about how much of a struggle it has been to get the flick finished on time amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
He says: “I was planning to go back and shoot some elements later because I wanted to readjust the movie. I needed time. At the time I didn’t know that it would be a pandemic…as we were about to go back to do those elements. The impact was that it crushed my schedule right now. It will be a sprint to finish the movie on time right now because we were allowed to go back to shoot those elements in a few weeks…it meant also that I have to finish some elements of the movie, like VFX and the editing, being in Montreal as my crew stayed in Los Angeles.”
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He adds: “As a director, there are things that can be done remotely to deal with technology. The supervision of VFX with some equipment is easy to do from afar but, editing, for me, the big lesson from this is I thought it would be possible to edit at a distance. With my editor [Joe Walker] sharing equipment, being afar from [one another], but I realize how much editing is like playing music with someone and you need to be in the same room. There’s something about the interaction, human interaction, the spontaneity, the energy in the room. I really miss not being in the same room as my editor….it’s very, very painful.”
Based on the novel by Frank Herbert, Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to secure the future of his family and his people. Evil forces erupt into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence, known as Spice.
Villeneuve co-wrote the screenplay with Jon Spaihts and Eric Roth.
It stars Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, Stellan Skarsgard, Dave Bautista, Zendaya, David Dastmalchian, Chang Chen, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Charlotte Rampling, and Javier Bardem. Dune is set to hit theaters on December 18th.