On Dune: Part Two, Logistics of Literary Adaptations and Corporate Myopia

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Denis Villenueve’s Dune has been out for almost a week in most markets (and even longer in some) and apart from the general consensus quickly crystallizing around the movie itself (you can find my own take here), the world was abuzz with one question: when will we see Dune: Part Two?

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Dune (2021)

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Ever since its publication in 1965, Frank Herbert’s Dune has remained an elusive and treacherous challenge for filmmakers to adapt. Many have tried and failed and those who succeeded have seen their vision diluted and pared down. The seemingly insurmountable narrative and thematic density of Frank Herbert’s prose was enough to bring Hollywood to its knees and turn Dune into one of the Holy Grails of literary works infamously unwilling to bend to the will of the film industry – together with The Lord of the Rings and Ulysses  until now. Well, sort of.  

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