Second ‘Dune’ Trailer Emerges, Promises a Spice Epic
Following what feels like the longest of waits, the second Dune trailer has finally arrived.
It’s no secret we’re super excited about Denis Villeneuve’s take on Frank Herbert’s sci-fi epic, and that appears to be the case among most film fanatics. Even if you haven’t touched the books, the return of the French Canadian director to science fiction after 2017’s Blade Runner 2049 should make you prick up your ears at the very least. If you ask around, the general consensus is that he’s done no wrong so far. Hopefully, Dune will be another critical success, and, if we’re very lucky, audiences will respond to it and kickstart work on a second film that would cover the latter half of the first novel.
A striking and grand first trailer debuted last September, when Warner Bros. and Legendary were still holding out hope for a Christmas release. That didn’t pan out, as we didn’t start kicking COVID-19 in the teeth until the beginning of 2021, and the film was pushed all the way to October, 2021. Its seemingly final release date in the States is October 22, and (against Villeneuve’s wishes) it’s debuting that day on HBO Max as well. We’ll have to wait and see if this works out for everyone involved. Some international territories are getting it as early as mid September though.
This new trailer gives us a wider look at the massive scale of the film, plus it sticks closer to the relationship between Paul (Timothée Chalamet) and Chani (Zendaya). An exclusive (and rather lenghty) IMAX preview has also been shown this week in select cinemas across the globe, and folks are raving about it. Furthermore, Dune will have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival — this worked wonders for another Warner Bros. wide release picture, Joker, in 2019.
Dune has been directed by Denis Villeneuve, from a script written by himself, Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, A Star Is Born), and Jon Spaihts (Prometheus, Doctor Strange). It stars Timothée Chalamet, Josh Brolin, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya, Oscar Isaac, Dave Bautista, Stellan Skarsgård, Javier Bardem, Chen Chang, Jason Momoa, and Sharon Duncan-Brewster, among others.
Variety is now reporting two sizable pieces of news regarding Dune and Legendary, who currently have the film and TV rights to Herbert’s work.
- The HBO Max spinoff series The Sisterhood has found its showrunner in Diane Ademu-John (The Haunting of Bly Manor, Empire). The show was ordered straight-to-series back in 2019, with Jon Spaihts attached to run the series, but he left the project later that year in order to focus on the second theatrical Dune script. It will serve as a prequel to the film(s) and tell the story of a mysterious order of women known as the Bene Gesserit.
- Legendary Entertainment appears to be looking into either selling or merging with a special purpose acquisition company. Talks have been heating up recently, and “any deal would likely be for less than than the $3.5 billion that Dalian Wanda paid to acquire Legendary in 2016 from founder Thomas Tull, because that pact included the assumption of substantial debt.” Under CEO Joshua Grode, who took over in 2017, Legendary has become profitable and mantains a healthy cash flow.
Francisco J. Ruiz is that guy who has watched Jurassic Park a thousand times and loves Star Wars. His hunger for movies is only matched by his love for video games. He graduated in English Studies from the University of Malaga, in Spain. As he continues to write about what he enjoys (and doesn’t), he’s studying for a master’s degree and working on becoming a teacher.