The highly anticipated trailer for “Dune” came out this past week. “Dune” tells the story of Paul Atreides, a son of a noble family, who is tasked with traveling to a dangerous planet to collect its most valuable resource in order to save his people. The film stars Timothee Chalamet, Zendaya, Dave Bautista, Josh Brolin, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Jason Mamoa and Stellan Skaarsgard. Denis Villeneuve directs this star-studded film.
“Dune” is based on Frank Herbert’s 1965 science fiction novel of the same name. Considered to be one of the classics of science fiction, “Dune” has been adapted to the big screen once before in 1984. The film received mostly negative ratings due to poor screenwriting and deviation from the original source material. The director, David Lynch, has even gone as far as to change his name on the credits of the film. Despite bombing at the box office, the film has gained a cult following over the years due to its quirkiness.
Although the fanbase may be divided over the original movie, most fans tend to agree that the soundtrack is phenomenal. Toto, most well-known for their song “Africa,” are responsible for the film’s score. The score contains a mixture of music played both by Toto and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. The contrasting styles of the two groups make for a unique hybrid of rock and orchestra.
Despite the trailer only releasing a week ago, fans have already taken to social media to criticize the new adaption’s choice of music. The trailer includes a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Eclipse,” which sharply contrasts the music of the other film. However, one of the greatest music composers of our time has lent his talent to the new adaptation. Hans Zimmer is responsible for the new adaptation’s orchestrations. Zimmer has composed music for over a hundred films. Perhaps the composition Zimmer is most widely known for his composition of the “Dark Knight.” Some fans may complain about the contrast to the original, but it’s safe to say the score is in good hands.
“Dune” is the first of two planned adaptations of the first book in the series, covering the first half of the novel. Production for the second film has not begun yet due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, it is not known when the sequel will begin filming.
Currently, the film is scheduled to release on Dec. 18; however, due to COVID-19, it is likely the film will be pushed back to next year. This uncertainty comes after Christopher Nolen’s “Tenet,” which is still struggling to break even with the cost of production, underperformed at the box office. Warner Brothers, also producing “Dune,” have delayed “Wonder Woman 1984” from October to December. The fate of “Dune” is not yet known, as it could still be released this year, so keep a watch out.