Warner Bros’s latest movie, a reboot of 1984’s Dune, has released its final trailer. The ambitious film, directed by Denis Villeneuve, is set to release on October 22, 2021 in theaters and on HBO Max in the United States. The film premiered internationally on September 15, 2021. It is the first in a two-part series. It will cover the events in the first half of the 1965 novel written by Frank Herbert.
“Fear is the mind killer.”
One of the greatest strengths of the upcoming film is the all-star cast. It features Timothée Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name), Rebecca Ferguson (Doctor Sleep), Zendaya (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Jason Momoa (Aquaman), Stellan Skarsgård (The Avengers), Stephen McKinley Henderson (Fences), Josh Brolin (No Country for Old Men), Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men), Sharon Duncan-Brester (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Chen Young (A Brighter Summer Day), Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy), David Dastmalchian (The Suicide Squad), Charlotte Rampling (45 Years), Babs Olusanmokun (Roots), Benjamin Clémentine, Souad Faress (Game of Thrones), and Golda Rosheuvel (Luther).
Denis Villeneuve directs the latest retelling of the classic sci-fi story. Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve, and Eric Roth share writing credits for the screenplay based on Frank Herberts’ novel. The legendary Hans Zimmer steps in to write the score for the film.
The first Dune movie, which was released, in 1984 was released to mixed success, leaning towards mostly negative. Many loathed the film while few others praised it. It was due to this poor critical and commercial reception that any further plans for sequels and expansions were scrapped. Warner Bros may be gambling with Dune’s release, but several factors may now work in the film’s favor. Enough time has passed that many may not remember how terrible the first film was, or will be willing to give this one a shot. The script has been broken up into two parts and should make it much easier to watch. My biggest complaint with 1984’s Dune was how ungodly long it seemed, despite the 137-minute runtime. Finally, with the advent of modern technology and advances in filmmaking, some of the more ambitious aspects of sci-fi can be more easily achieved this time around. Initial reviews seem promising, but we’ll see when the film releases in two weeks.