The project, nevertheless, was nipped in the bud for financial reasons, leaving Jodorowsky's unfinished handwritten script in a notebook that was partially published as a facsimile in as part of the Notes — Thoughts catalog of the 13th documenta exhibition. In , Paramount Pictures announced that they had a new feature film adaptation of Dune in development with Peter Berg set to direct;  Berg dropped out of the project in October ,  and director Pierre Morel was signed in January The ambition is to do the Star Wars movie I never saw.
In a way, it's Star Wars for adults. As of , both miniseries were two of the three highest-rated programs ever to be broadcast on Syfy. The series will focus on the Bene Gesserit and serve as a prequel to the film. Villeneuve will direct the series' pilot with Jon Spaihts writing the screenplay, and both will serve as executive producers alongside Brian Herbert. Soundtrack albums have been released for the film , the TV miniseries, and the Children of Dune miniseries, as well as the video game, the computer game Emperor: Battle for Dune , and select tracks from the entire series of Dune video games.
A line of Dune action figures from toy company LJN was released to lackluster sales in Styled after David Lynch's film, the collection featured figures of Paul Atreides, Baron Harkonnen, Feyd, Rabban, Stilgar, and a Sardaukar warrior, plus a poseable sandworm, several vehicles and weapons, and a set of View-Master stereoscope reels. To date, there have been five licensed Dune computer and video games released.
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On February 26, , Funcom announced that it was entering into an exclusive partnership with Legendary Entertainment to develop games related to the upcoming Dune films. The Dune universe, set in the distant future of humanity, has a history that stretches thousands of years some 15, years in total and covers considerable changes in political, social, and religious structure as well as technology. Creative works set in the Dune universe can be said to fall into five general time periods:.
As explained in Dune , the Butlerian Jihad is a conflict taking place over 11, years in the future  and over 10, years before the events of Dune which results in the total destruction of virtually all forms of " computers , thinking machines , and conscious robots ". In Herbert's God Emperor of Dune , Leto II Atreides indicates that the Jihad had been a semi-religious social upheaval initiated by humans who felt repulsed by how guided and controlled they had become by machines:.
Humans had set those machines to usurp our sense of beauty, our necessary selfdom out of which we make living judgments. Naturally, the machines were destroyed. This technological reversal leads to the creation of the universal Orange Catholic Bible and the rise of a new feudal pan-galactic empire which lasts for over 10, years before Herbert's series begins. Herbert died in ,   leaving his vision of the actual events of the Butlerian Jihad unexplored and open to speculation.
Anderson presents the Jihad as a war between humans and the sentient machines they had created, who rise up and nearly destroy humanity. The ancient Battle of Corrin —occurring 20 years after the end of the Butlerian Jihad—spawns the Padishah Emperors of House Corrino , who rule the known universe for millennia by controlling the brutally efficient military force known as the Imperial Sardaukar.
Ten thousand years later, one balance to Imperial power is the assembly of noble houses called the Landsraad , which enforces the Great Convention 's ban on the use of atomics against human targets.
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Though the power of the Corrinos is unrivaled by any individual House, they are in constant competition with each other for political power and stakes in the omnipresent CHOAM company, a directorship which controls the wealth of the entire Old Empire. The third primary power in the universe is the Spacing Guild , which monopolizes interstellar travel and banking. Mutated Guild Navigators use the spice drug melange to successfully navigate " folded space " and safely guide enormous heighliner starships from planet to planet instantaneously.
The matriarchal Bene Gesserit possess almost superhuman physical, sensory, and deductive powers developed through years of physical and mental conditioning. While positioning themselves to "serve" humanity, the Bene Gesserit pursue their goal to better the human race by subtly and secretly guiding and manipulating the affairs of others to serve their own purposes.
The Bene Gesserit also have a secret, millennia-long selective breeding program to bolster and preserve valuable skills and bloodlines as well as to produce a theoretical superhuman male they call the Kwisatz Haderach. By the time of Dune , the Sisterhood are only one generation away from their desired individual, having manipulated the threads of genes and power for thousands of years to produce the required confluence of events. But Lady Jessica , ordered by the Bene Gesserit to produce a daughter who would breed with the appropriate male to produce the Kwisatz Haderach, instead bears a son—unintentionally producing the Kwisatz Haderach a generation early.
Through specific training, they learn to enter a heightened mental state in which they can perform complex logical computations that are superior to those of the ancient thinking machines. Finally, the Ixians produce cutting-edge technology that seemingly complies with but pushes the boundaries of the prohibitions against thinking machines. The Ixians are very secretive, not only to protect their valuable hold on the industry but also to hide any methods or inventions that may breach the anti-thinking machine protocols. Against this backdrop, the Prelude to Dune prequel trilogy — chronicles the return from obscurity of House Atreides , whose role in the Butlerian Jihad is all but forgotten.
The Imperial House schemes to gain full control of the Empire through the control of melange, precisely at the time that the Bene Gesserit breeding program is nearing fruition. As Frank Herbert's Dune begins, Duke Leto Atreides finds himself in a dangerous position; the 81st Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV has put him in control of the desert planet Arrakis , known as Dune, which is the only natural source of the all-important spice melange.
The most valuable commodity in the known universe, the spice not only makes safe and reliable interstellar travel possible, but also prolongs life, protects against disease, and is used by the Bene Gesserit to enhance their abilities. The potential financial gains for House Atreides are mitigated by the fact that mining melange from the desert surface of Arrakis is an expensive and hazardous undertaking, thanks to the treacherous environment and constant threat of giant sandworms which protect the spice.
In addition, Leto is aware that Shaddam, feeling threatened by the rising power and influence of the Atreides, has sent him into a trap; failure to meet or exceed the production volume of their predecessors, the vicious House Harkonnen , will negatively affect the position of House Atreides in CHOAM, which relies on spice profits.
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The little-understood native population of Arrakis are the Fremen , long overlooked by the Imperium. Considered backward savages, the Fremen are an extremely hardy people and exist in large numbers, their culture built around the commodity of water, which is extremely scarce on Arrakis. The Fremen await the coming of a prophesied messiah , not suspecting that this prophecy had been planted in their legends by the Missionaria Protectiva , an arm of the Bene Gesserit dedicated to religious manipulation to ease the path of the Sisterhood when necessary.
In Dune , the so-called "Arrakis Affair" puts unexpected Kwisatz Haderach Paul Atreides in control of first the Fremen people and then Arrakis itself; he deposes Shaddam and becomes ruler of the known universe. Leto has forced the sandworms into extinction, except for the larval sandtrout with which he had forged a symbiosis , transforming him into a human-sandworm hybrid.
Human civilization before his rule had suffered from twin weaknesses: that it could be controlled by a single authority, and that it was totally dependent upon melange, found on only one planet in the known universe. Leto's prescient visions had shown that humanity would be threatened by extinction in any number of ways; his solution was to place humanity on his " Golden Path ," a plan for humanity's survival.
Leto governs as a benevolent tyrant, providing for his people's physical needs, but denying them any spiritual outlets other than his own compulsory religion as well as maintaining a monopoly on spice and thus total control of its use. Personal violence of any kind is banned, as is nearly all space travel, creating a pent-up demand for freedom and travel. The Bene Gesserit, Ixians, and Tleilaxu find themselves seeking ways to regain some of their former power or unseat Leto altogether.
Leto also conducts his own selective breeding program among the descendants of his twin sister Ghanima , finally arriving at Siona , daughter of Moneo , whose actions are hidden from prescient vision. Leto engineers his own assassination, knowing it will result in rebellion and revolt but also in an explosion in travel and colonization.
The death of Leto's body also produces new sandtrout, which will eventually give rise to a population of sandworms and a new cycle of spice production. In the aftermath of the fall of the God Emperor, chaos and severe famine on many worlds cause trillions of humans to set off into the freedom of unknown space and spread out across the universe. This diaspora is later called the Scattering and, combined with the invisibility of Atreides descendants to prescient vision, assures that humanity has forever escaped the threat of total extinction.
At the time of Heretics of Dune and Chapterhouse: Dune — years after Leto's death—the turmoil is settling into a new pattern; the balance of power in the Empire rests among the Ixians, the Bene Gesserit, and the Tleilaxu. The Spacing Guild has been forever weakened by the development of Ixian machines capable of navigation in foldspace, practically replacing Guild Navigators.
The Bene Gesserit control the sandworms and their planet, now called Rakis, but the Tleilaxu have also discovered how to synthetically produce melange. This balance of power is shattered by a large influx of people from the Scattering, some fleeing persecution by an as-yet unknown enemy. Among the returning people, the Bene Gesserit finds its match in a violent and corrupt matriarchal society known as the Honored Matres , whom they suspect may be descended from some of their own sent out in the Scattering.
As a bitter and bloody war erupts between the orders, it ultimately becomes clear that joining the two organizations into a single New Sisterhood with shared abilities is their best chance to fight the approaching enemy. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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