The sci-fi blockbuster Dune by French Canadian Film Director Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049, Arrival, Sicario) will return to Budapest, Hungary this summer to film additional material, Deadline exclusively reveals.
Despite having a theatrical release due date on December 18, 2020 in the US, the additional material is said to not delay the premiere of the anticipated film nor shows an indication of correcting problematic existing material. The international production of the film adaptation based on the 1965 novel of the same name by Frank Herbert was concluded back in Jordan and Norway in July of last year.
Many countries are now greenlighting film production with extensive safety measures due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, which is cause that film production halted all over the world since the outbreak.
“We’re going to do some additional shooting in mid August… they’re saying in Budapest in Hungary,” said Oscar Isaac in a video interview with Deadline. “I saw some things cut together and it just looks amazing. Denis [Villeneuve] is a real artist and it will be exciting to see it come together. It’s kind of wild that we’re doing some additional shooting a few months before it’s supposed to come out, but that happened with Star Wars as well.”
Dune tells the mythic and emotional journey of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to protect the planet’s most precious resource in existence capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive commodity, only those who can conquer their fear will survive.
The star-studded film includes Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet (“Call Me by Your Name,” “Little Women”), Rebecca Ferguson (“Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep,” “Mission: Impossible – Fallout”), Oscar Isaac (the “Star Wars” franchise) Oscar nominee Josh Brolin (“Milk,” “Avengers: Infinity War”), Stellan Skarsgård (HBO’s “Chernobyl,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron”), Dave Bautista (the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, “Avengers: Endgame”), Stephen McKinley Henderson (“Fences,” “Lady Bird”), Zendaya (“Spider-Man: Homecoming,” HBO’s “Euphoria”), David Dastmalchian (“Blade Runner 2049,” “The Dark Knight”), Chang Chen (“Mr. Long,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”), Sharon Duncan-Brewster (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” Netflix’s “Sex Education”), with Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling (“45 Years,” “Assassin’s Creed”), with Jason Momoa (“Aquaman,” HBO’s “Game of Thrones”), and Oscar winner Javier Bardem (“No Country for Old Men,” “Skyfall”).
Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment are producing the major picture.