The young nobleman Paul Atreides is the central figure in the series of sprawling epic Dune novels first published in 1965. It is set in the distant future involving worlds beyond Earth, ruled over by competing feudal families who control access to a drug called Melange. Known popularly as “spice,” the drug gives its users heightened consciousness and an extended lifespan at the cost of crippling addiction and fatal withdrawal. Spice, use of which makes interstellar travel possible, is found only on the desert planet of Arrakis — aka “Dune” — and as such is the most valuable commodity in the galaxy.
The David Lynch Dune was released on December 14, 1984 by Universal Pictures and took in $30,925,690 at the U.S. box office. Kyle MacLachlan was the star.
Dune (2020) is directed by Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049).
Set in the distant future, the Dune remake follows Paul Atreides (Timothee Chalamet), whose family assumes control of the desert planet Arrakis. As the only producer of a highly valuable resource, jurisdiction over Arrakis is contested among competing noble families. After Atreides is betrayed, he leads a rebellion to restore his family’s reign.
Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Jason Momoa, Stellan Skarsgard, Dave Bautista, Oscar Isaac, Zendaya and Rebecca Ferguson costar in the Dune remake.