Shot throughout 2019 in ultra-secrecy, Dune is now in post-production ahead of the expected December 2020 release.  That ultra-secrecy obviously worked as spy shots and leaks have been absent.

Now the first footage from Denis Villeneuve’s adaption of the legendary sic-fi has apparently screened.  The verdict?  Apparently it’s impressive.  Most impressive.

An internal featurette has been created for studio use and it was shown to a select group of industry figures.  This group included sci-fi writer Brian Clement.  He took to Twitter to report but was careful not to reveal anything that would upset Warner Bros.

He failed.  The studio asked him to take the tweets down, which he has.  However they don’t really contain any spoilers.  The cinematography was singled out as:

”…beautiful…”

The style is described as:

”…grimy realism mixed with dreamy imagery…”

The special effects were apparently incomplete but even in the absence of these effects he went on to say:

“Based only on the footage I saw (since people are curious), I think this will blow people away the way LOTR did 20 years ago, the way Star Wars did 40 years ago. It’s not Jodorowsky or Lynch, but maybe Villeneuve has filmed the unfilmable… I’m not exaggerating when I say a lot of people will have goosebumps/tears when they see this movie (I might!). Heck, when they see the footage I saw they will.”

The movie opens in traditional Star Wars slot of December 18th.  Toto soundtrack, or GTFO!