Dune is a 2021 American epic science fiction film directed by Denis Villeneuve with a screenplay by Eric Roth, Jon Spaihts, and Villeneuve. It is the first of two planned films based on the 1965 novel of the same name by Frank Herbert, and a reboot of the 1984 film adaptation by David Lynch. The film stars Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Zendaya, and Jason Momoa.
Principal photography began in March 2020 in Budapest, Hungary and wrapped in August 2020. The film is scheduled to be released in the United States on December 18, 2021, by Warner Bros. Pictures.
Dune is set in the distant future and tells the story of Paul Atreides (Chalamet), a young nobleman who is tasked with ruling the desert planet Arrakis, also known as Dune. He must contend with the planet’s treacherous conditions, as well as the machinations of the rival House Harkonnen.
The film has been described as a “faithful adaptation” of Herbert’s novel, with Villeneuve saying that he was aiming for a “longer cut” that would do justice to the dense source material. The film’s budget is estimated to be around $175 million.
Dune was originally set to be released on November 20, 2020, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.