Dennis Villeneuve’s Dune was supposed to be with us nearly six months ago. Then half of the world went back into lockdown, or never opened from the first wave of the pandemic, and all plans for a Dune premiere were cancelled.

Now Variety reports that the highly anticipated sci-fi movie may make its debut at The Venice Film Festival with a Dune premiere steeped in the cachet of a film festival.

There is talk from inside the studio that if this movie finds the audience it deserves, from what they have seen, it has a rare chance to straddle the divide between blockbuster and serious awards contender. This is not a given, as the lacklustre performed of Blade Runner 2049 showed.

Villeneuve and Warner Bros. Pictures launched sci-fi drama Arrival in Venice back in 2016. Venice is currently pencilled in to start on September 1st with Bong Joon-Ho serving as jury president.

Dune is currently scheduled to hit theatres, PVOD and HBO Max all on the same day, October 1st.

The movie is an international co-production of Canada, Hungary, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

It is the first of a planned two-part adaptation of the much loved Frank Herbert novel.

The ensemble cast includes Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Zendaya, David Dastmalchian, Chang Chen, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa, and Javier Bardem.