Villeneuve’s “Dune” Confirmed For Venice

Originally published on Dark Horizons by Garth Franklin

It’s official, Denis Villeneuve’s new adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi classic “Dune” will have its world premiere, out-of-competition at the 78th Venice International Film Festival.

Warners has used Venice in the past as a launchpad for major studio films like “Gravity,” “Joker” and “A Star is Born” to leverage that into both box-office and awards success.

The Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures epic will premiere on Friday September 3rd at Venice’s Sala Grande. The premiere takes place a full four weeks ahead of the film’s U.S. theatrical and simultaneous HBO Max release on October 1st with Warners recently stating they very much intend to stick with that plan.

Timothee Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgard, Dave Bautista, David Dastmalchian, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa and Javier Bardem star in the film which Villeneuve directed from a script he co-wrote with Jon Spaihts and Eric Roth based on Herbert’s novel.

Source: Screen Daily

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