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Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’ To Premiere At the Venice International Film Festival

After winning the 2019 Golden Lion with Todd Phillips’ Joker, Warner Bros. seems eager to present another one of their hotly anticipated films at the Venice International Film Festival, Dune, from one of the best filmmakers working today, Denis Villeneuve.

Based on the 1965 book of the same name by Frank Herbert, with a script written by Jon Spaihts, Villeneuve and Eric Roth, the film stars an all-star lineup of Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Zendaya, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa and Javier Bardem. Here’s the official plot synopsis of the film from Warner Bros:

“A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, “Dune” tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet  in  the  universe  to  ensure  the  future  of  his  family  and  his  people.  As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence—a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential—only those who can conquer their fear will survive.”

After a somewhat mixed adaptation of the book directed by David Lynch, Villeneuve hopes to launch a franchise with Dune, with the success of the film’s first installment carrying with the weight of its sequel and spin-off series, Dune: The Sisterhood, set to release on HBO Max. The film’s Venice premiere will serve as some leverage for Warner Bros. for the film to gain a positive word of mouth and become a theatrical success, after its forced delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dune is set to release October 1st in theatres and on HBO Max.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter


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Written by Maxance Vincent

Maxance Vincent is a freelance film and TV critic, and a recent graduate of a BFA in Film Studies at the Université de Montréal. He is currently finishing a specialization in Video Game Studies, focusing on the psychological effects regarding the critical discourse on violent video games.

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