“Dune” Gets Villeneuve’s Go To Editor

Denis Villeneuve has set his frequent collaborator Joe Walker to handle the editing on his new adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi epic “Dune” at Legendary Pictures reports Indiewire.

Villeneuve and Walker previously collaborated on the filmmaker’s most recent three films – “Sicario,” “Arrival” and “Blade Runner 2049”. Shooting on the new “Dune” kicks off in Budapest in March and Walker tells the outlet that unlike those three, this one he knows little to nothing about at this point in time:

“I was deeply familiar with ‘Arrival’ and ‘Blade Runner’ before they were made, sitting next to Denis in the cutting room when he formulated them, but, on this one, I’ve rather enjoyed being kept in the dark… The one thing he said to me was that it’s almost like an aficionado writing it. It’s not necessarily a super-polished piece of fiction, but it taps into two things that are fascinating: oil and religion. What’s tantalizing about it is there’s a wealth of material there. Having to encounter other cultures and create stability out of unrest.”

Timothee Chalamet plays nobleman Paul Atreides who leads a rebellion against the galactic emperor and his rivals the Harkonnen’s for control of the desert planet Arrakis and its most valuable resource, the ‘spice’, which is vital to space travel.

Rebecca Ferguson, Dave Bautista and Stellan Skarsgard also star. The new adaptation of “Dune” has long been a passion project for Villeneuve and he is co-writing the script with Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts.