Denis Villeneuve’s Big Budget ‘Dune’ Receives Graphic Novel Treatment With Spicy Kickstarter Campaign – Forbes

Dune: The Official Movie Graphic Novel
Legendary Comics, Herbert Properties, LLC, and Rocketship Entertainment are letting the spice flow freely with an upcoming graphic novel adaptation of director Denis Villeneuve’s Dune: Part One. Fans can get their hands on a special edition copy by backing a newly-launched Kickstarter campaign. Both the limited and wider trade editions are scheduled to be released in February 2022.
Based on the film — itself an adaptation of the famous 1965 sci-fi novel penned by the late Frank Herbert — the comic hails from the creative team of writer Lilah Sturges (Lumberjanes), illustrator Drew Johnson (Godzilla: Aftershock), and colorists Zid (Kingdom Kong) and Niezam. Bill Sienkiewicz (the New Mutants artist behind the Marvel Comics translation of David Lynch’s Dune in 1984) contributed the main cover.
“As a fan of both the book and our film, I wanted to bring Denis Villeneuve’s amazing vision and this all-star cast to the world of comics, and with the cooperation of Brian Herbert and Herbert Properties, LLC, we have done just that with an amazing group of creators,” Robert Napton, Senior Vice President of Legendary Comics, said in a statement this week.
“I have been sitting on this news for MONTHS and it has been KILLING ME,” Sturges wrote on Twitter shortly after the news broke.
As of Friday, the crowdfunding campaign, which runs until Wednesday, Nov. 24, has accumulated over $80,000 (eight times its original funding goal) with more than 730 backers. There are a number of different pledge goals — the lowest ($15 or more) netting the buyer a pdf copy of the graphic novel and the highest ($2,500 or more) getting them drawn into the book itself.
In addition, Kickstarter participants can choose from three different variant covers drawn by Drew Johnson and Zid; John Ridgway (2000 AD), and Tim Sale (Batman: The Long Halloween).
L-R: Drew Johnson & Zid variant; Bill Sienkiewicz main cover; John Ridgway variant
Dune is currently playing in theaters and on HBO Max. Since the movie only covers a fraction of the original source material, a second movie was green-lit by Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment earlier this week.
“It’s important for me that the audience sees Part Two as soon as possible,” Villeneuve remarked during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s not a sequel where it’s another episode or another story with the same characters. It actually has direct continuity to the first movie. It’s the second part of the big, huge movie that I’m trying to do. So, the sooner the better.”
Scheduled to open on Oct. 20, 2023, Part Two will have an exclusive theatrical window of 45 days — a condition that Villeneuve said was “non-negotiable.”
“All movies need to have proper time in theaters,” he added. “The theatrical experience is at the very heart of the cinematic language for me. There’s something about committing. The act of going to the theater means you’re totally committing yourself. You’re engaging in the process of receiving a movie with a different rhythm, a different approach and a vision. For that, you have to be fully committed. It’s part of the ritual to receive cinema. At home, you’re in front of your computer, you’re taking the dog outside or you’re answering your phone.”
Principal photography on the sequel is expected to kick off next fall. If the follow-up does well financially, a third movie (based on Herbert’s 1969 sequel, Dune Messiah) could be next on the docket.
Dune: Part One co-stars an ensemble cast of Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Zendaya, Chang Chen, David Dastmalchian, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa, and Javier Bardem.
To date, the film has made a little over $223 million at the global box office.
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I’m a freelance entertainment writer based in Philadelphia. I’ve been writing since before I can really remember and in addition to my pieces for Forbes, you can catch my

I’m a freelance entertainment writer based in Philadelphia. I’ve been writing since before I can really remember and in addition to my pieces for Forbes, you can catch my byline at SYFY WIRE, Marvel, and The Hollywood Reporter. Over the years, I have written about a myriad of topics like film, television, music, and even pharmaceuticals. However, the world of entertainment remains my true passion and I love to explore how my Jewish background intersects with pop culture.

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