Denis Villeneuve’s epic Dune is an important movie. In a sea of superhero movies, sequels and sub-par Star Wars it represents something. A studio willing to spend big money, assemble an all-star cast and make proper, adult sci-fi. After Bladerunner 2049 failed to perform as expected it is essential this movie does well, or that will be that. No more sci-fi for grown-ups with decent budgets.

In an effort to fine tune, the production has announced will shoot additional material this summer in Hungary. The shooting will not cause a delay to the film’s December 18th release date, but it is very tight!

This is standard pick-up shots to help the edit and to add to the movie. These are standard on big movies.

The movie originally shot at the Origo Film Studios in Budapest. There were also location shoots in in Jordan and Norway. The movie has been wrapped for nearly a year with intensive FX work underway. Still no sign of a trailer though. The smart money is on the trailer being attached to Tenet.

In an interview with Deadline Oscar Isaac, who plays Duke Leto Atreides spoke about the filming:

“We’re going to do some additional shooting in mid August… they’re saying in Budapest in Hungary. I saw some things cut together and it just looks amazing.

Denis [Villeneuve] is a real artist and it will be exciting to see it come together. It’s kind of wild that we’re doing some additional shooting a few months before it’s supposed to come out, but that happened with Star Wars as well.”

The sequel is planned and booked, but needs the first part to make money to be greenlit. You know what you have to do, Outposters.