After David Lynch’s 1984 version of Dune failed to woo audiences, Villeneuve believes the second time’s a charm, and lead star Timothee Chalamet agrees. In a recent interview with Deadline, Chalamet compared Dune to the Harry Potter franchise, saying that he believes Herbert’s story could become a phenomenon for the new generation in the same way that J.K. Rowling’s story was a phenomenon for earlier generations.
Just how many films have been released during the pandemic is often underestimated. But even with a few high-profile departures, the upcoming season is crowded. Apple has Joel Coen’s “The Tragedy of Macbeth,” with Denzel Washington. Amazon has the musical adaptation “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie” (Sept. 17). New movies are on tap from world-class filmmakers like Paul Thomas Anderson, Guillermo del Toro (“Nightmare Alley,” Dec. 3), Pedro Almodóvar ( “Parallel Mothers,” Dec. 24), Asghar Farhadi (“A Hero,” Jan. 7) and Paolo Sorrentino ( “The Hand of God,” Nov. 24).
Dune already has a head start in that direction. The franchise has a large fandom that has been growing for decades, and the latest film adaptation hopes to add new fans to that base. While working on the film, Chalamet was shocked to learn how many people held a next-level connection to the books. He thinks such a connection will help turn Dune into a global spectacle, similar to how the fans’ connection to the Harry Potter books helped boost the films to instant popularity.