Frank Herbert’s DUNE novels marked a lot of filmmakers and that is why they have used many of its elements.
There are some direct adaptations of DUNE, but it has also served as an influence for many other films. So Frank Herbert’s novels can be considered some of the most influential literary works in the 20th century science fiction genre.
Here are five movies that have been influenced by DUNE.
Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977).
The Star Wars saga is created by George Lucas and the director has openly acknowledged the influence of DUNE. Both stories share elements such as interstellar travel, political intrigue, and the fight against an evil empire. In addition, the Voice is a power that can directly influence people by giving them orders with a certain sound frequency. Something very similar to the Force from Star Wars. Without forgetting that in both there are sandy planets like Arrakis and Tatooine.
This science fiction film written and directed by the Wachowski sisters shows some influences from DUNE. Both works explore deep philosophical themes, present a dystopian world, and feature a hero chosen to lead a rebellion against an oppressive regime.
The Fifth Element (1997)
Directed by Luc Besson, it presents us with a futuristic and extravagant universe that is reminiscent of the world of DUNE. In addition, it shares thematic elements such as prophecy, the search for a savior and the fight against evil forces.
This film directed by Roland Emmerich tells the story of a device that allows you to travel to other planets and the struggle for power that rages on those worlds. Stargate features elements of adventure, politics, and religion in an interplanetary context. In addition, it also takes place on a desert planet.
The Chronicles of Riddick (2004).
Starring Vin Diesel, this story takes place in the distant future and presents a universe full of planets and diverse races. Similar to DUNE, there is a mix of sci-fi, action and political elements, with a charismatic protagonist becoming a central figure in the fight against evil forces. Additionally, they explore themes of prophecy, destiny, and supernatural power.
Which of these movies do you like the most? It must be remembered that the latest version of DUNE directed by Denis Villeneuve premiered its first part in 2021 and the second part will hit theaters on November 3, 2023. It will be at that moment when we will see what happens to Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) and to the rest of the characters.