The sci-fi classic ‘Dune’ is set to be followed up by a new film which will be shot in Abu Dhabi later this year.
After the Jordanian Wadi Rum which came to be the setting of the first opus, the follow-up of the story, already undergoing production, will be shot in the United Arab Emirates, more precisely in Abu Dhabi.
The action-adventure movie will film in the Liwa desert for over a month, later this year.
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Hoping for a tourism boost
“Dune has again provided us with an exciting opportunity to associate the emirate with another global movie franchise which will allow us to entice enthusiastic fans and audience members to visit the landscapes which they have seen on screen. In Abu Dhabi, we are fortunate to offer incredible architecture, landscapes, and a unique culture that brings magic to the big screen. We hope that audiences around the world will get the chance to discover a whole new world in the Liwa desert,” said chairman of the Department of Culture and Tourism of Abu Dhabi Mohamed Khalifa Al-Mubarak in a released statement.
The project will be directed by Denis Villeneuve, who was also behind the 2017 movie ‘Blade Runner 2049’ and will be based on the 1984 novel ‘Dune Messiah’ by Frank Herbert. “It is a political masterpiece about the future of civilization which explores the challenges of power,” Villeneuve said. The new film will take place in the year 10,191 and will follow Paul Atreides, who is the heir to the throne of the House of Atreides and is forced to flee his home world of Caladan and move to a desertic island where his family is betrayed.