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WATCH: Everything you didn't know about David Lynch's Dune

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Dec 14, 2017

Give me spice!

Frank Herbert’s immortal 1965 sci-fi novel Dune first struck the silver screen back on Dec. 14, 1984, in a big-budget debacle adapted and directed by David Lynch.

Reviews were less than kind, and audiences were genuinely confounded by the endless assault of psycho-babble, genealogical jargon, and multi-syllabic character names. Despite Universal’s massive holiday marketing push and a multitude of international talent, it was considered a colossal failure, which may have been a bit ahead of its time. Kinder opinions have surfaced over the preceding decades, and Lynch's Dune is now held in high esteem for what it accomplished in the pre-digital era.

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Set in a far future, the messianic spectacle follows young noble Paul Atreides (Kyle MacLachlan) and presents the bitter feud between rival royal families, the Atreides and the Harkonnens. Each ruling house is vying for control over the desert planet of Arrakis (aka Dune), which is the only known source of the spice Melange, a precious substance that expands consciousness and proves vital for the Spacing Guild's interstellar space travel.

Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Blade Runner 2049) will be mounting a new big-screen adaptation of Dune, but instead of doing a strict remake of the Lynch movie (something he wants to stay away from), the hot director will use Herbert’s novel as a creative launching pad for his own take on the material.

Grab a cool drink of water, then descend into SYFY WIRE's Dune retrospective in the video below, but be sure to watch out for worm-sign. And if you have any distinct memories of this flawed masterpiece, sound off in the comments!

 

Additional material by Nathalie Caron.