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Denis Villeneuve knows how the Fremen deal with sandworms in “Dune 2”: “I found a way… I can’t wait to put it on screen”


Driving a sandworm across the desert planet of Arrakis is something most “Dune” fans have undoubtedly wanted to do at one point or another, but it begs the question: how could one actually get rid of giant annelids?

Well, the director of “Dune: Part Two” Denis Villeneuve seems to have an answer, saying IndieWire as such in an interview focused on the sequel.

“Dune” lore establishes that the Fremen – a fiercely independent group of desert warriors – can ride the worms, control them and use them in combat or as transportation across a vast terrain, with entire villages riding on their spacious back. However, we never see anyone getting rid of the worms.

Villeneuve revealed he was receiving “repeated questions” about this “crazy Uber system”, with viewers asking how the Fremen dismantled the worms once they arrived at their final destination.

Even if Villeneuve has an answer, viewers will unfortunately have to wait for the third part.

“I knew how. I found a way,” Villeneuve said. “It wasn’t really necessary in ‘Dune: Part Two’ to see someone come out of the worm, but I know how to do it. And I can’t wait to put this on screen.

He described that of Paul Atreides (played by Timothée Chalamet) sandworm riding scene as his “favorite” sequence in the film. The scene took two months to film, with a second unit to perform with rotating platforms, grappling hooks, and blown desert sand (the entire scene was shot in the desert with sunlight; nothing happened been done on stage).

“Everything we shot in the deep desert wasn’t easy because I wanted a level of realism that required us to create giant structures or shadow casters in order to make the light believable. The characters and all the action sequences required a tremendous amount of preparation and logistics to protect the crew from the heat and protect the stunts,” Villeneuve said.

He added: “The one scene I didn’t want to compromise on at all was the walk to the worm. Technically, this required a lot of time and research and development. This is by far one of the most complex things I’ve ever done.

“Dune: Part Two” is the second installment in Villeneuve’s “Dune” film series, an adaptation of the 1965 science fiction novel of the same name by Frank Herbert. Set in a distant future where interstellar travel depends on a precious spice, young nobleman Paul Atreides must navigate dangerous politics and desert landscapes to fulfill his destiny as he finds himself embroiled in a power struggle for control from the desert planet Arrakis.

The second part, released on March 1, has already generated an impressive opening day gross of $32.1 millionincluding $12 million from Thursday night and previews of previous events – the biggest opening weekend of the year, surpassing the three-day total of $28.6 million for “Bob Marley: One Love”.


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