How Denis Villeneuve and the production team kept epic sci-fi real [Video] – Deadline

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“Real”

That’s basically the gist of Denis Villeneuve’s take on Frank Herbert Dunes was destined to leave, says producer Mary Parent.

“Denis was clear from the start that he wanted to do as much world-building as possible,” says the 2015 Oscar-nominated producer The ghost on the latest sci-fi epic from Legendary Entertainment.

“Actually, to go and put your feet on the sand; the sets were built on these huge stages, the old Hollywood way,” Parent told Deadline’s Virtual House for Dunes, “Doing nothing on the computer…that’s part of why the film is so tactile.” Our visual chat included Oscar-nominated Villeneuve, Dunes DP and Oscar nominee Greig Fraser and composer Hans Zimmer.

Villeneuve’s vision is bearing fruit with Dunes have a great day today with some key nominations from the DGA for Villeneuve; PGA for Parent, Cale Boyter and Villeneuve; WGA for the adapted screenplay by Jon Spaihts, Eric Roth and Villeneuve; and the ACE Eddie Awards for the editing work of Joe Walker.

Fraser knew what Villeneuve wanted visually, “humility” and “scale”, having filmed in the desert of Wadi Rum, Jordan, the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Zero Tenebrous Thirty.

“Abu Dhabi acted like the sand dunes, they’re beyond scale and beyond size,” said Fraser, who assimilated the epic desert production, which compelled the crew and cast to shoot at odd hours of the night and day because of the heat. , at the big David Lean show Lawrence of Arabia.

One of Zimmer’s flairs was vocalist Loire Cotler, whose moan in the “Gom Jabber” theme provided a Middle Eastern sound and motif that continued throughout the film, giving Dunes divine sensibility.

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One of the times we hear Cotler’s voice is when Paul Atreides’ (Timothee Chalamet) sense of pain is tested by his mother’s brotherhood, the Bene Gesserit, who are a pseudo-religious group. of all the female spies, nuns, scientists and theologians who have used genetic experimentation, galactic political interference and religious engineering to further their own agenda for the ascension of the human race with the advent of their elected, the Kwisatz Haderach. For George Lucas, who would have been inspired by Dunes with star wars, well, he would go on to name them Jedi in his own sci-fi canon.

“Reading the book as a teenager and making my own movie in my head…I felt the strength inside that character,” says the 1994 Oscar-winning composer The Lion King, “Paul hears his mother and obtains strength through generations and generations before him.”

Zimmer said of Cotler’s zing: “There’s honesty and commitment in everything she does. We weren’t looking for a singer, we were looking for a spirit.

Dunes grossed nearly $400 million WW, with Warner Bros., Legendary Entertainment, and Villeneuve already working on a sequel that hits theaters exclusively on October 20, 2023.

Watch our conversation above and be sure to check out our Dunes initiated.

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