Dune's all set to be the year''"biggest film of the Year." The reviews are (mostly) positive, director Denis Villeneuve is urging us to see the sci-fi spectacle in a theater, and HBO Max is offering to let us watch it at home on its release. The key takeaway is this: watch it.
Scroll down for all the information you need on how to do this.
Is Dune releasing on HBO Max?
Dune will be released on the streamer the same day it hits theaters, according to HBO Max in late July.
When is Dune's coming out?
After much tinkering and adjusting, the current (and supposedly solid) release date is set for September 17. Oct. 22, 2021, HBO Max is available for both theaters and HBO.
Dune has already garnered largely positive reviews at the Venice and New York film festivals, and has garner over $100 million at box offices in Europe and Asia. In the US and UK, it will open on Oct. 22, while Australia will have to wait until Dec. 2. It will be open in the United States and the UK until Oct 22, with an official opening in China set for Dec 2.
How much does HBO Max cost?
HBO Max costs $4.99 per HBO max. $15 a month for ten years. You must choose the ad-free streaming plan to watch Dune on release day. No, you won't have to pay extra on top of your subscription to watch the film.
Paul Atreides has been mentioned before. Who is he really?
Timothe Chalamet stars as Paul Atreides, the young antihero in Dune.
Here's a little of his backstory.
Paul, an "aristocratic young man", grows up in an agrarian household on the planet Caladan. Duke Leto Atreides (Oscar Isaac) accepts a job as he oversees the desert planet Arrakis, otherwise known as Dune. It's also the "most dangerous planet in the universe." (See: the planet's resident giant man-eating sandworms.)
Paul's life takes a sudden turn when his confidence begins to decline.
When the big Atreides clan rises and moves to their new home, Paul learns of his "great destiny" and what he must do to "secure the future of the Atreaides family and his people."
All of this has to do with a "precious resource" unique to the planet. Buying it is a raged topic.
What's with the spice?
The most precious substance in the universe is on Arrakis, located on the planet where Ararkis is located. The spice, or melange, is a term for it.
What does the spice do? It's a potent drug that can prolong human life and give people superhuman mind control abilities. It may also help intergalactic travellers "fold space" and travel faster than light.
Who is Zendaya playing?
Let's talk about the other characters first.
- Zendaya basically plays Paul's love interest, a mysterious woman with glowing blue eyes dubbed Chani. She lives on the planet Arrakis, a member of the native Fremen tribe.
- Paul's father, Duke Leto Atreides, is played by Oscar Isaac. Lady Jessica Ferguson is a fictional character created by Rebecca Ferguson.
- Josh Brolin and Jason Momoa play the two warriors Gurney Halleck and Duncan Idaho, who train Paul in combat.
- Javier Bardem, the Fremen's leader, plays Stilgar.
- Stellan Skarsgard plays Baron Vladimir, the leader of House Harkonnen from Arrakis. They're in conflict with the Atreides family.
- Charlotte Rampling plays the reverend mother of an order of women known as the Bene Gesserit. They can read and control minds.
Every Dune 2021 trailer has a DunE 2022 trailer.
The first trailer for Dune was released last September, and the first one was unveiled.
At the end of July this year, another "main" trailer was released.
Let's look at the 1984 film by David Lynch.
David Lynch directed a Dune movie that was released in 1984. Paul Atreides was played by Kyle MacLachlan as Paul A Reides.
While it may have achieved cult status, it was a box office and critical flop at the time of its release.
Villeneuve's Dune isn't a reprint of Lynch're revision, promising to draw fewer connections with the book.
Villeneuve said in a 2017 interview that "when I saw Lynch's adaptation, I was impressed," but that it was not what "I had dreamed of," so he'll work on making the adaptation of his dreams. "I'm going back to the book, and going to see the images that came out when I read it."
Part Two of Dune: Part One is a thing.
The movie you'll see at the end of this year is Dune: Part One. Technically, the film you will see is the final version of Dunest.
The first 10 minutes were shown in IMAX special event screenings, and the title logo read Dune: Part One. This is great news for those who are looking forward to a sequel. CNET reviewer Richard Trenholm lamented that Part One leaves a lot hanging at the end, putting tremendous pressure on Warner Bros. to pay for the sequel.
Frank Herbert's "complex" story was originally planned to be split into two parts, according to Villeneuve.
"I would not like to combine this adaptation of the novel with a single movie," Villeneuve said in April. "The world is too complex. It's a world that finds its strength in the details."
Note that the sequel has no official green light. Villeneuve also expressed concern about a possible poor box office canceling the sequel plans because of the HBO Max deal.
However, Villeneuve stated in a recent interview that he's "very optimistic" about the sequel.
"The first thing was to prove that there was a beautiful, popular film that could exist, and I think that I did that -- everyone at Warner Bros and Legendary, they are 100 percent behind the project," Villeneuve told Total Film.
They feel that a Dune: Part Two wouldn't be feasible without putting out dreary numbers at the box office, because they enjoy the film." They are very proud of the movie, so they want it to continue. And they still did half of it. I'm also very optimistic, you know."
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