To talk about the way in which sound was used to place viewers on Arrakis and in the world of Denis Villeneuve's Dune, the Warner Bros. film's veteran sound team is featured in a new episode of The Hollywood Reporter's Behind the Screen. The guests are supervising sound editors/designers Mark Mangini and Theo Green and re-recording mixers Doug Hemphill and Ron Bartlett. Green relates that as part of the work, the team went to Death Valley to record sound, "sticking all kinds of microphones and hydrophones deep under the sand whilst recording above the sand at the same time, so that we could kind of shift our perspective and create this sound, that sounds kind of like a drum skin." "[Dune author] Frank Herbert had described in the book, and it was an important part of the script, that if you stand on the wrong kind of sand on Arrakis, it's so resonant that it's like a drum and they call it drum sand," he continues. "That basically called the [sandworms]. The sound of resonating sand is like a lure to the sandworms."
If you left Dune wanting more, you're in luck: Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures confirmed on Oct. 26 that there would indeed be a Dune: Part Two, and that it would be released in October, 2023. Dune only covered the first half of Frank Herbert's sci-fi epic, as director Denis Villeneuve chose to split the novel into two movies early on. However, the second film was unconfirmed up until now, contingent on the first film's success. Dune raked in $40.1 million over its opening weekend in the United States after premiering in theaters and on HBO Max, and it grossed over $220 million worldwide. The confirmation of Dune: Part Two is great news for Dune fans everywhere.
After being pushed a year from its initial premiere date in 2020, Denis Villeneuve's Dune screened for an audience of critics at the 2021 Venice Film Festival. Some praised the sprawling, massive scale of the movie as brilliant and awe-inspiring, while others faulted it for being the first part of a planned two-part series that ends just as things are getting interesting. A movie as huge and as anticipated as Dune, which has been described by more than one person as "unfilmable," was bound to produce a wide array of critical opinions, with more to come closer to the planned premiere in Oct. 2021. Here's what critics have to say about Dune. Denis Villeneuve's fantasy epic tells us that big-budget spectaculars don't have to be dumb or hyperactive, that it's possible to allow the odd quiet passage amid the explosions...Dune is dense, moody and quite often sublime.
Denis Villeneuve has never lacked for ambition. From tackling the war on drugs along the US-Mexico border in Sicario to having Amy Adams communicate with nonverbal aliens in Arrival, his films tend to go big. Just when it seemed his last feature--Blade Runner 2049, a sequel to Ridley Scott's beloved masterpiece--would be his boldest yet, he announced his next: Dune. Frank Herbert's book, originally published in 1965, is a mammoth tome of philosophy, ecology, politics, and sci-fi world-building so intricate and epic it seems almost impossible to film. In fact, many have tried--with middling results.