The first footage from Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune” has apparently screened.
The film adaptation of the iconic first novel of one of the most epic sci-fi sagas ever created has been called ‘epic’ was shot under top-secret conditions for a big chunk of last year and is currently in post-production ahead of release at year’s end.
Reportedly a featurette made for internal use was shown to a small group of industry insiders including sci-fi novelist Brian Clement who posted about it on Twitter but had to avoid saying anything revealing so as not to get into trouble with Warner Bros. Pictures.
The studio then later asked him to take the tweets down and has since complied, but the tweets don’t reveal anything beyond vague non-spoilery reactions. Clement describes the cinematography as ‘beautiful’ and the footage is ‘grimy realism mixed with dreamy imagery’ even as special effects were not complete on the clip he saw. He goes on to say:
“Based only on the footage I saw (since people are curious), I think this will blow people away the way LOTR did 20 years ago, the way Star Wars did 40 years ago. It’s not Jodorowsky or Lynch, but maybe Villeneuve has filmed the unfilmable… I’m not exaggerating when I say a lot of people will have goosebumps/tears when they see this movie (I might!). Heck, when they see the footage I saw they will.”
Timothee Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, Jason Momoa, Zendaya, Josh Brolin, Dave Bautista, Charlotte Rampling, Javier Bardem, Stellan Skarsgard, and David Dastmalchian also star in the film which opens in cinemas on December 18th.