20 Cool Facts About Dune That Make It Pretty Awesome

Dune is the most massive cinematic experience in terms of adaptations we have seen over the years considering the movie is a brilliant piece of work. It might actually be the best thing adaptation considering it was considered to be impossible for quite a long time. There have been various tales of adapting the piece of literature over the years. While the movie has been released in the cinema halls and the streaming service simultaneously, one has to agree that it is worthy of being watched in cinema halls only. There are a hundred reasons why one should check out the movie as soon as possible. Let’s take a look at a few of these reasons and some cool facts about Dune.

1. An Adaptation

The movie is based on Frank Herbert’s masterpiece sci-fi novel of the same name. It is based on the first half of the book while the second half will be used in the Dune Part 2.


2. The Story Behind The Title

Frank Herbert’s inspiration for the title was actual dunes considering he came up with the name during a stroll in the sand dunes of a beach near Florence, Oregon.

3. Women Of Dune

Denis Villeneuve had clear plans for the film before he got into making it. Upon being asked by Eric Roth about the thing about that narrative he would like to highlight the most, he answered, “Women”.


4. Changes In Adaptation

Certain changes have been made to the story in order to make a worthy adaptation. One of the most interesting ones has to be the character of Dr. Kynes which was changed from a white male to a black woman.

5. Budget Of The Project

Cool facts about Dune

The film took a time period of three and half years to make with a whopping budget of $165 million dollars to produce.


6. Ambitious Project

Denis Villeneuve wanted to make the film ever since he first read the novel at the age of 14. It was one of his biggest dreams and it has come to fruition in this beautiful adaptation.

7. Previous Works Of The Director

Denis Villeneuve is not new to such massive projects considering he has helmed projects like Arrival and Blade Runner 2049. The success of the latter project was the prime reason why he continued with his dream of making Dune.


8. Bringing In Hans Zimmer

Denis Villeneuve had talked about his dream of directing the project with Hans Zimmer. Hans Zimmer said that he was a big fan of the book too and he joined in on the project right away.

9. The Soundtrack For The Project

Hans Zimmer had to drop longtime collaborator Nolan’s Tenet so that he could work on the score for Dune. This is a clear indication of the love he had for the novel.


10. The Art and Soul of Dune 

Zimmer was so much dedicated to the soundtrack for the film that he put his efforts one a second soundtrack for the film. He even wrote original music for The Art and Soul of Dune which is a book about the process behind the making of the movie.

11. The Cinematography

Cinematography is one of the major highlights of the film, thanks to Greig Fraser. The Emmy-winning cinematographer for The Mandalorian has also worked on Matt Reeves’ upcoming Batman.


12. Timothée Chalamet = Paul Atreides

Timothée Chalamet didn’t even have to audition for the role because he was director Denis Villeneuve’s personal choice for the project.

13. Chalamet’s Efforts

Cool facts about Dune

Following the first indications of being cast in the role of Paul Atreides in this project, Timothée Chalamet attended the Cannes in order to meet Denis Villeneuve.


14. Josh Brolin Didn’t Even Bother Reading The Script

Josh Brolin had complete confidence in Denis Villeneuve for his role in the project. So much so that he didn’t even bother reading the script for the film saying, “I think I pretended to read it.”

15. The Production Design

Considering the movie is based on the book is has some of the biggest production pieces. Production designer Patrice Vermette took the help of Google Earth to locate the places that would follow the requirement for the scenes set on the desert planet Arrakis. The deserts of Iran, Chad, Mauritania, and Libya were shortlisted.


16. Filming Location

The famous Wadi Rum Valley in Jordan was selected as the ideal place for shooting the project. This is the very same place that was used for major projects like Lawrence of Arabia and The Martian.

17. Looking For The Location

There was a major problem with Wadi Rum considering the location lacked sand dunes. This was then solved by the crew carrying samples of sand from Jordan so that they could match the color to another location with the right amount of dunes. They then went to the barren desert of Run’Al Khali in Abu Dhabi under the circumstances.


18. History Of Dune

Dune has a massive history of adaptations and there are even games that evolved from board to pc games. The first board game for Dune was released in 1979.

19. Sets For Dune

The massive set of the film was built in Origa Studios outside Budapest. This massiveness for the set was the primary reason for Rebecca Ferguson often getting lost.


20. The World Premiere of The Film

The world premiere of Dune at the Venice Film Festival received a seven-minute standing ovation. This is a big feat for a project like Dune.

So these were all the cool facts about Dune. Have you seen the film? Did you like it? Tell us your thoughts upon it. 

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