Gregory Francis’ film to be released on 20 January 2021 to coincide with 60th anniversary of sci-fi novel by Frank Herbert
Dune is the latest big-budget sci-fi movie to be given a launch date.
On Monday 20 January 2021, Netflix announced that its film version of Frank Herbert’s influential novel is planned for release.
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Set in 2080s Arabia, Dune is set on a desert planet where the oil-rich God Emperor is in a power struggle with a rival politician. The main protagonist is Paul Atreides, who attempts to unite the inhabitants of the desert planet, dubbed “dune lords”, by assassinating the ruler of nearby Arrakis and stealing its unique spice, which he can only use to make his own special material.
Josh Brolin, Jessica Chastain and Dave Bautista are among the stars of the new version of the film, which is being directed by Denis Villeneuve. The screenplay is written by Argo Oscar-winner Chris Terrio, while Villeneuve is also executive producer.
The release of Dune comes after Star Wars: Episode IX director JJ Abrams originally announced that a new Star Wars trilogy would begin in December 2020. A production start date for Dune was not announced, as was the start date for Star Wars: Episode IX.