I Found Frank Herbert’s 'Dune' Script. 'Dune: Part Two' Is Better

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As pinch nan book, nan book originates pinch nan gom jabbar scene betwixt Paul Atreides and Reverend Mother Mohiam, isolated from successful this type nan Atreides person already made their trek from Caladan to Arrakis. Right aft Paul passes his trial pinch nan box, nan 4 wise men of Thufir, Yueh, Gurney, and Duncan coming Duke Leto pinch a wounded Fremen and 3 others assassinated by nan Harkonnens.


Assassins! They trapped 3 of these mediocre fellows complete location beyond nan cliffs.


There was a worm. We had to tally for it.

You tin spot nan problem: Right disconnected nan bat, Herbert is utilizing dialog to talk action scenes that would beryllium acold amended to spot than to perceive about. He’s besides introducing concepts near and correct (the Bene Gesserit order, nan Kwizatz Haderach, sandworms, Fremen, Harkonnens) without giving immoderate discourse to them.

As successful Lynch’s movie (and nan book itself), we get those beautiful inner-thought voiceovers. Duke Leto (Oscar Isaac successful Part One) thinks to himself, “We’ve been connected this damned satellite only 2 days and already nan Harkonnens are astatine work!” Often these VOs incorporate psychic conversations betwixt 2 characters, a method Villeneuve uses respective times successful Part Two, arsenic betwixt Feyd (Austin Butler) and Lady Fenring (Léa Seydoux).

The stage-play-esque stretches of barefaced expository dialog proceed unabated erstwhile Herbert’s book introduces nan world of nan hedonist Harkonnens, who covet a globe of Arrakis made retired of jewels successful their Guild Ship dressed up pinch pornographic paintings. Introducing a characteristic not successful Villeneuve’s film, they’re shown torturing Wanna pinch an “agony box” arsenic Feyd fundamentally videotapes it for Wanna’s husband, Doctor Yueh, truthful he will do their bidding against House Atreides. She calls them “monsters,” pinch nan Baron articulating, “Of people we are, my beloved Wanna. We will do thing to regain our satellite and its precious herb … We must norm Dune and nan spice. We each request nan spice. It lengthens our lives and you Bene Gesserit witches request nan herb for your dreams.” Not rather Paddy Chayefsky.

Stilgar arrives astatine Leto’s Great Hall pinch a full contingent (including Mapes, Kynes, and Chani) to extract nan h2o from nan dormant Fremen utilizing a deathstill. Paul tells his mother, Jessica, that he recognizes Chani from his dreams, prophesying that she will hindrance him to nan Fremen. Stilgar gifts his people’s h2o to Paul, whom he instantly recognizes arsenic nan Mahdi (the messiah of legend, though it is ne'er explained beyond that he whitethorn beryllium “the Shortening of nan Way”). Duncan joins nan Fremen arsenic an oliva branch, and Mapes joins nan Atreides arsenic a location servant. On her measurement retired of nan hall, Chani gives 1 of those backward glances to Paul that Zendaya does truthful often successful nan caller movies.

After Wanna unexpectedly dies during torture, nan Baron plans to usage Yueh to termination Paul pinch a huntsman seeker while preserving Yueh’s woman successful a “crystallis” (a crystal case). Count Fenring (who will lead nan Emperor’s Sardaukar to onslaught nan Atreides disguised successful Harkonnen uniforms) arrives astatine nan Guild Ship. Disgusted by Harkonnens and acting only successful nan Emperor’s interest, he takes nan signaling of Wanna’s torture to manus disconnected to Yueh.

On Arrakis, nan Duke’s remaining soldiers and luggage (including atomics) are delivered, pinch Gurney playing accompaniment connected his Baliset. Herbert was reportedly insistent that nan playing of this instrumentality look successful nan film, thing which was filmed but trim from Lynch’s movie and Villeneuve’s first Dune, but which yet appears successful Part Two. Herbert past includes nan segment wherever Duke Leto rescues nan carryall unit from nan worm, almost beat-for-beat for illustration Lynch’s, though Villeneuve gave nan segment much juice by having Paul beryllium astir killed. One awesome infinitesimal acknowledges nan injustice served to nan Fremen arsenic 2 of them (guides) effort to committee Leto’s ornithopter:


We person nary room for them.


There’s a capsule history of nan Fremen!

We get a cool segment of Duncan fighting virtually back-to-back pinch Stilgar against a squad of Harkonnen amid nan dunes. Stilgar chastises Duncan for utilizing his shield (it attracts nan worm), past they seizure a Harkonnen who warns them location is simply a traitor successful their midst. The segment wherever Mapes cuts herself to show fealty to Jessica is there, arsenic is nan segment of Paul and Gurney practice-fighting (although sans shields) and nan huntsman seeker’s onslaught connected Paul.

Because Herbert cannot fto overmuch go, we get nan banquet segment that has been near retired of some theatrical adaptations of Dune because nan governmental machinations it reflects are not basal to nan crippled (Leto is going to dice soon anyway). The banquet winds up eating up astir 25 pages of nan book earlier it is interrupted by Count Fenring’s onslaught connected nan Atreides wall pinch nan assistance of Yueh lowering nan shields.