Jordan hosts the shooting of literary saga Dune
After directing Blade Runner 2049, director Denis Villeneuve is now working on the film adaptation of another science fiction monument: Dune, Franck Herbert's saga. Like many films that have chosen Jordan and its "Valley of the Moon" as the setting for their shooting, Dune's team recently installed its cameras in the Hashemite Kingdom.
More than 50 years after the publication of its first volume, the Dune saga will be reborn in Jordan. Known for having directed the blockbuster Blade Runner 2049, director Denis Villeneuve is now working on the film adaptation of Dune, Franck Herbert‘s literary saga. With a theatrical release planned in 2020 or 2021, shooting began at the end of March between Hungary and Jordan.
Choosing the Hashemite kingdom as the location for the filming is not insignificant. To shoot the shots of the planet Arakis, on which the plot is set, the team went to Wadi Rum, an impressive canyon in Jordan sometimes called the Moon Valley. Its orange colors similar to the planet Mars, the tranquility that emanates from the place and its chaotic topography plunges anyone into a universe of science fiction. A particular atmosphere that Josh Brolin, an actor in the saga, did not hesitate to share on social networks.
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Jordan, a regular blockbuster scene
Concerned about boosting tourism after many years of war, Jordan has since chosen to invest in film. The Wadi Rum desert has hosted several shoots such as David Lean Lawrence’s film from Arabia, the Star Wars saga or the American blockbuster, Alone on Mars played on screen by Matt Damon.