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Dune

A world beyond your experience, beyond your imagination.

Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, 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.

I recall trying to watch the original 1984 movie when I was a kid but struggled at the time, most likely due to my age. I’ve since seen some of the scenes featuring Sir Patrick Stewart but I’ve yet to see it the entire way through. Most of my experience with Dune comes from the 1992 PC Game Dune II by Westwood Studios, which set the format of RTS games for years to come.

Based on the book of the same name, the 1984 release of Dune was a critical failure. Visually the movie was stunning, but the book is apparently incredibly difficult to adapt to film, with several failed attempts made throughout the 70s. Oliver Harper’s Dune retrospective offers a fantastic look at the original movie and the difficulties that they had in making it.

If anything, that makes this new release even more intriguing. Given all the problems adapting the book, there’s likely going to have been many similar challenges in writing the script for this movie. Director Denis Villeneuve has also confirmed that his adaptation will be split into at least two films, in order to ensure that the original story would be "preserved and not cut into a million pieces.". How it plays out will be anyone’s guess, but we’ll no doubt find out in due time.

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