Denis Villeneuve explains why he insisted on shooting on location.
Filmmaker Denis Villeneuve is introducing his take on Dune, the ambitions big-budget film that adapts Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel. The first trailer shows the sweeping desert landscapes that make up the fictional world of Arrakis, a planet that is home to the coveted natural resource known as spice.
For Villeneuve, who is adapting the novel into two films, shooting on location was a non-negotiable part of his vision, as he wanted to get as close to nature as possible for the film. Studios Warner Bros. and Legendary agreed right away.
“My argument is they didn’t shoot Jaws in the swimming pool,” Villeneuve told Stephen Colbert as part of an event promoting the trailer launch. “You make a movie where the title is Dune, you need to be in the real environments where you are inspired by the infinity.” READ MORE
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The Verge staff analyzes our first look at Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation
After a lot of waiting, the first trailer for Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of Dune is finally here. It has an almost impossibly star-studded cast — there’s everyone from Zendaya and Timothée Chalamet to Jason Momoa and Oscar Isaac — along with impressive set design and, yes, gigantic sandworms. But it’s also based on a classic sci-fi novel that’s been infamously hard to adapt for the big screen. Which raises an important question: how does The Verge staff feel about our first look at the movie?
SO, WHAT DO WE THINK OF THE TRAILER?
Russell Brandom (policy editor): I am tentatively pretty into it! The sandworm is awesome! The pain box / gom jabbar sequence looks extremely good, and the fact that it’s given such prominent placement in the trailer makes me feel like Villeneuve really gets the story (in a way he maybe didn’t for Blade Runner). Even the little details like the crocheted Bene Gesserit veils feel right. READ MORE