Long before Timothée Chalamet was leading the Fremen to freedom in Denis Villeneuve’s Dune films, there was another movie set on the iconic desert planet. Directed by David Lynch (Mulholland Drive) and released in 1984, Dune was a strange sci-fi epic that had been in development for years before Lynch stepped into the director’s chair. If you’ve ever wondered just how the adaptation of Frank Herbert’s beloved novel came to be, then this new book that goes behind the scenes of the film sounds like a must-have for fans. Plus, the first edition has a gorgeous design that incentivizes preordering the book.
A Masterpiece in Disarray: David Lynch’s Dune – An Oral History is available to preorder for Available for preorder for $27 (down from $30) ahead of its September 19 release. The first printing features red foil gilded edges and a satin ribbon bookmark. Subsequent printings will look like a regular old book. With Amazon’s preorder price guarantee, you’ll the book for the lowest price offered from the time you order to release.
The book tells the story of how Lynch, one of the hottest new directors in Hollywood at the time, was handed a massive budget by Universal Pictures in an effort to produce a movie that famed directors like Alejandro Jodorowsky (El Topo) and Ridley Scott (Alien) were unable to realize.
Written by Max Every, the book examines how the movie was made with an oral history gathered from a lineup of Dune actors, writers, producers, and Lynch himself. It should make for fascinating reading for big Dune fans. Kyle MacLachlan, Sean Young, Virginia Madsen are just some of the names featured in this book.
In other Dune news, you may have to wait longer to see the next installment in Villeneuve’s Dune adaptation. Due to the ongoing writers and actors strike, Warner Bros. is “strongly considering” pushing Dune 2 to next year. For now, Dune 2 is still slated to release on November 3.
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