Director Denis Villeneuve has revealed the level of attention to detail and time spent on perfecting the look of the iconic sandworms of planet Arrakis in his upcoming screen retelling of Dune.
Villeneuve, who previously brought alien creatures to life in Arrival before tackling Blade Runner 2049, told Empire Magazine (via /Film) that he and his production team spent a year understanding how such a giant creature would operate in a desert environment in order to obtain the right look.
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“We talked about every little detail that would make such a beast possible, from the texture of the skin, to the way the mouth opens, to the system to eat its food in the sand,” Villeneuve said.
He added, “It was a year of work to design and to find the perfect shape that looked prehistoric enough.”
The sandworms literally loom large in the saga of Dune. They inhabit the deserts of the planet Arrakis, where they are integral to the production of the spice that makes Arrakis such a singularly important world.
And the spice, as any Dune fan knows, is the source of great wealth and thus power, leading to the dangerous rivalries between the story’s great houses.
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Source: IGN.com Dune: It Took a Year to Perfect the Sandworm Design for the New Movie