Dune: Part One editor Joe Walker says that the initial cut of the movie was shorter, and that the longer runtime made the movie better as a result.
Dune 155-minute runtime made it a better movie than the shorter original cut, says the movie editor Joe Walker.
After delays due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Dune was finally released in theaters and on HBO Max in October of last year.
Directed by Blade Runner 2049 Denis Villeneuve and starring Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides, the movie adapted Frank Herbert 1965 novel of the same name.
More precisely, the movie adapted the first half of Herbert novel, with Dune: Part Two Se expect it to start movieing this summer and hit theaters next year.
Although it clocked in at a long 155 minutes, Dunes running time wasn’t out of step with other blockbusters of the pandemic and post-pandemic era, including the 163-minute No Time To Die, Spider-Man: No Way Home 148-minute run, and the mammoth batman 176 minutes.
The movie length did not prevent audiences from flocking to see the movie, nor did critics praise Villeneuve adaptation.
While the Canadian director missed out on an Oscar nomination for Best Director, the movie received 10 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Editing.
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Speaking with Daily Screen , editor Joe Walker, now a three-time Academy Award nominee, discussed the ins and outs of the Dune cutting room. Specifically, Walker commented on how the initial cut of the movie was shorter and “faster.” However, working alongside Villeneuve, the movie ended up growing in length. Walker says this was to gain more ” insight into the [characters’] souls, ” including more of Paul insights to provide a ” sense of destiny and progression. ” Read the full quote below.
The shorter initial cut of Dune Movie could be attributed to Villeneuve and Walker experience as director and editor on Blade Runner 2049, a box office bomb whose failure was attributed in part to its long run.
Herbert book has long been seen as one of the most difficult novels to adapt to the screen, in part due to the density of the story and the lore of the science fiction world, which takes time to establish properly.
Director Alejandro Jodorowsky failed attempt to adapt the novel in the mid-’70s envisioned a 10-hour feature movie to do justice to the complexity of the source. David Lynch 1984 adaptation, on the other hand, was criticized and disowned by the surrealist director.
As the first of two, however, Villeneuve play Dune gave him more time to develop the lore of the fountain and, as Walker says, the characters in the movie.
As recent blockbusters can attest, a shorter running time doesn’t necessarily make for a better movie.
The two highest-grossing movies of all time, Avatar and Avengers: Endgame clock in at 162 minutes and 182 minutes, respectively.
More recently, Warner Bros. head Toby Emmerich commented that initial test screenings of The Batman, which later had a shorter running time, didn’t work as well as the nearly 3-hour cut currently in the works. the cinemas.
with duneReceiving rave reviews from critics and audiences, moviegoers can expect 2023 sequel to once again strike a good balance between adapting Herbert complex story and a reasonable running time.