Screen Rant‘s exclusive The Sleeper Must Awaken: Making Dune clip highlights executive producer Dino De Laurentiis’ vision for David Lynch’s film. Based on Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel of the same name, the sci-fi epic is set in the far future in which humanity is now spread across the galaxy with the help of a drug known as the Spice, which allows for prescient abilities and interstellar travel. Dune specifically revolves around Paul Atreides as he and his noble family are charged with maintaining control of the desert planet Arrakis, home to the Spice, putting them in conflict with House Harkonnen and requiring Paul to rise up against the cruel former overlords.
Development on a Dune movie adaptation languished in development hell for over a decade before finally landing in David Lynch’s hands. Kyle MacLachlan led the ensemble cast of the film as Paul alongside Patrick Stewart, Brad Dourif, Dean Stockwell, Virginia Madsen, José Ferrer, Sting, Linda Hunt, Max Von Sydow, Jürgen Prochnow and Sean Young. Dune would land in theaters to generally negative reviews from critics and was a box office bomb, though as a cult following has developed in the years since, some are looking back on the journey to get the film off the ground.
In honor of the documentary currently streaming on ARROW, Screen Rant has an exclusive The Sleeper Must Awaken: Making Dune clip. The video highlights executive producer Dino De Laurentiis’ vision for the David Lynch-helmed adaptation of Herbert’s beloved novel and how they pulled from past attempts to develop the look of the film. Check out the exclusive clip below:
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Prior to Di Laurentiis acquiring the rights to Herbert’s novel, multiple other attempts were made at getting a Dune movie off the ground, most notably that of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s mid 1970s effort. The Chilean-French filmmaker came very close to bringing his vision to life, even building an ensemble cast with Orson Welles, Mick Jagger and David Carradine, signing Pink Floyd and Magma to develop music and bringing in Dan O’Bannon for visual effects and artists H.R. Giger, Jean Giraud and Chris Foss for designs. Jodorowsky’s Dune would ultimately fall apart for a variety of reasons, including funding drying up as the budget continued to balloon and his vision expanded to a 10-14 hour epic telling of the novel.
Though Jodorowsky’s effort didn’t take hold, much of it would carry over into David Lynch’s Dune and other sci-fi genre classics, which is nicely highlighted in the exclusive clip for the making-of documentary, The Sleeper Must Awaken. Interestingly, the exclusive clip also points out Lynch and De Laurentiis’ team utilized Giger’s concept art that carried over into Ridley Scott’s adaptation attempt, which eagle-eyed fans of Scott’s Alien can find parallels between the two movies. Audiences can dive further into the long journey to bring Lynch’s Dune to life with The Sleeper Must Awaken now streaming on ARROW.
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The Sleeper Must Awaken: Making Dune is now streaming on ARROW.
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