Frank Herbert’s Dune is arguably one of the most famous sci-fi novels of all time. The sprawling epic about spice and sandworms (among other things) has been adapted to live action not once, but twice–the first by director David Lynch (yes, that David Lynch) back in 1984 and the second as a mini-series on the SyFy channel back in 2000. There was even a failed attempt by surrealist auteur director Alejandro Jodorowsky (Tusk) which never saw the light of day–but was turned into a much-loved documentary back in 2013.
Neither were particularly well received by fans–though the memes, particularly of Lynch’s version–which included musician Sting in a sci-fi thong–still hold up.
Now, director Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049, Arrival) is hoping that the third time will be the charm. He is directing his own adaptation consisting of two movies to cover the first Herbert novel, starring Timothee Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya, and Josh Brolin. The production has been kept closely under wraps thus far, with only a small handful of stills and images from set making their way onto social media–but that’s all about to change. The first trailer for Villeneuve’s Dune is set to land online on September 9.