Director Denis Villeneuve shares how a particular Star Wars: A New Hope scene inspired his next movie, Dune. Based on the 1965 novel by Frank Herbert, Dune is an epic sci-fi adventure set on the fictional planet of Arrakis (also known as Dune). This dangerous desert planet has no natural rainfall or surface water bodies and is primarily inspired by the real world deserts of Mexico and the Middle East. Going further, George Lucas was inspired by Arrakis when creating his 1977 space epic, A new hope.
Lucas’s film begins on the planet of Tatooine, which is a desert planet much like Arrakis that features two orbiting moons. Along the A new hope, Lucas presented wide shots of landscapes that prominently displayed the planet’s horizon and the earth’s natural features. While some Tatooine scenes were shot in Death Valley in the United States, most of the desert planet was shot in the real-world location of Tunisia. A North African country bordering the Mediterranean Sea and the Sahara Desert, Tunisia boasts a unique landscape that conjures up images of starry skies and sand dunes. Using real world nature to root Star Wars is one of the reasons why Lucas’s movie felt so real, at least according to Dune director Villeneuve.
Talking to SlashFilm Villeneuve shared how one Star Wars scene inspired his creation of the Dune film. Villeneuve explains that nature has attracted him since he was a child. When he saw A new hope for the first time in 1977, your favorite scenes “were the ones that felt the most natural. In particular, the film’s opening scene with R2D2 and C-3PO wandering the desert planet Tatooine left a real impression on him. Read Villeneuve’s full explanation below:
“When I saw the first ‘Star Wars’ in 1977, my favorite scenes were the ones that felt most natural. In the one where we see the droids at the beginning, there was something about the force of nature. I was raised making documentaries where it Nature is your most powerful eye and I try to bring that to ‘Dune’. “
Having been raised creating nature documentaries, Villeneuve explains that he tried to bring that natural touch to Dune. As stated above, I wanted to make a sci-fi movie that felt like a “a bit like a documentary, “What did you use?”nature as a strong ally instead of fighting against it. “In fact, Villeneuve is so drawn to biology that at one point in his career he had to make the decision to become a filmmaker or a biologist. While cinema ultimately won out, his feeling for nature is something he tries to bring to each film.
Although Lucas was inspired by Herbert’s planet Arrakis to create his Star Wars planet of Tatooine, it seems Villeneuve is now using Lucas’s creation to inspire Dune. One of the prominent themes of Herbert’s novel is how nature plays a role in the lives of the planet’s inhabitants. Although set on a fictional planet, given the importance that Villeneuve gives to nature, Dune he’s ready to capture the essence of his eponymous novel and feel like a believable setting.
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- Dune (2021)Release Date: Oct 22, 2021
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