Lady Jessica actress Rebecca Ferguson says Dune movie reshoots start soon in Budapest. Published in 1965, Frank Herbert’s epic sci-fi novel Dune went on to be a classic of the genre and Hollywood soon became interested in adapting the massive work. David Lynch made the first movie adaptation in 1984, but the film was a critical and box office flop. A TV miniseries adaptation followed in 2000, but did not exactly set the world on fire either.
Now, Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve will take his own crack at adapting Herbert’s sprawling novel of the far future, breaking the book into two movies (at least, that is the plan as of now). Villeneuve’s Dune cast includes Timothee Chalamet as messianic Paul Atreides, Ferguson as Lady Jessica, Oscar Isaac as Duke Leto, Zendaya as Chani, Stellan Skarsgard as evil Baron Harkonnen, Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck, Javier Bardem as Stilgar and Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho. Recently, it was revealed that at least some of that major league cast will be reassembling as the movie undergoes reshoots, though the film is not believed to be in any danger of missing its scheduled release date.
In an Instagram post, Ferguson herself confirmed that Dune reshoots are indeed set to go ahead in Budapest. See Ferguson’s post in the space below:
Reshoots of course were once considered a sure sign of a troubled production, but in recent years it’s become more and more common for big movies to undergo additional shooting as a matter of course, so there’s no reason to think Dune is in any danger. Of course, there have been a few instances of recent big budget movies undergoing reshoots precisely because there was something wrong with them, notably the Star Wars movies Rogue One and Solo (the latter was reportedly 90% remade after director Ron Howard was brought on in place of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller).
Though there is no reason to think Dune is having major problems that require anything more than routine reshoots, it is worth bearing in mind that Lynch had trouble grappling with the sheer hugeness of the Dune narrative on his adaptation, so there’s always that little seed of worry about Herbert’s work being basically a beast that no director can possibly tame. But of course, until the finished product is delivered to theaters (assuming they ever re-open), no one will know if Villeneuve succeeded at making Dune work as a film or wound up being defeated like Lynch. Villeneuve of course has several advantages over Lynch, the big one being the availability of much more advanced effects. And unlike the days when Lynch made Dune, today’s Hollywood is much more willing to spend the money to go in and fix things, even if it requires a lot of reshooting (and even if it means people will start whispering about the reshoots being a sign of trouble).
Source: Rebecca Ferguson/Instagram
Key Release Dates
- Dune (2020)Release Date: Dec 18, 2020