A YouTuber has reimagined Denis Villeneuve’s Oscar-winning science fiction epic Dune as an ’80s TV series, completely with cheesy synth theme song.
A fan has edited a video reimagining Dune as an ’80s sci-fi series, complete with a synth-fueled theme song. Denis Villeneuve’s science-fiction epic, which came to theaters and HBO Max in October 2021, took home 6 Oscars during the 2022 awards season. It was adapted from Frank Herbert’s classic 1965 novel of the same name and follows the exploits of Paul Atreides, the son of a Duke who is tasked by the Emperor with taking over the spice trade on the desert planet Arrakis. The star-studded cast includes Timothée Chalamet, Javier Bardem, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Josh Brolin, Oscar Isaac, Jason Momoa, Rebecca Ferguson, and Zendaya, who scored another 2021 hit in the blockbuster juggernaut Spider-Man: No Way Home.
While Dune‘s box office receipts were somewhat reduced by its simultaneous release on streaming, it was still a substantial hit. It grossed $400 million worldwide, making it the twelfth highest-grossing film of the year and earning it the sequel that was promised by the fact that Villeneuve only adapted the first half of the novel. Dune: Part Two, which is set to premiere on October 20, 2023, will feature the surviving characters from the original film (with a substantially larger role for Zendaya) alongside some new cast members that have yet to be announced. Although rumors have abounded, including one that Black Widow‘s Florence Pugh would be boarding the film, the filmmakers have remained tight-lipped.
YouTube creator elmaxwell has shared a goofy send-up of Dune, reimagining the epic film as a sci-fi series from the ’80s. The faux opening theme song, which is set to Journey’s “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart),” collects clips of the cast where they appear to be looking toward the camera, mimicking the way many cheesy sitcoms and dramas would introduce their characters in ’80s and ’90s theme songs. The video ends with some gag credits including “introducing Josh Brolin” and “Christian Bale as The Pet” before ending on “directed by Frank Herbert.” Check out the parody below:
Ironically, the Dune novels have been adapted both during the ’80s and into a television series, though never at the same time. Back in 1984, Twin Peaks co-creator David Lynch mounted a costly adaptation of the novel that flopped tremendously, preventing it from ever getting the television spinoff it might have otherwise. While Dune eventually was adapted into the SyFy series Dune in 2000 and Children of Dune in 2003, neither featured a theme song so cheesy and perfectly ’80s. There will also be an HBO Max series spinoff of the new film following the Bene Gesserit sisterhood.
The history of Dune has always been about the power of the imagination to bring things to life that couldn’t possibly exist. Thus, this fake ’80s intro is perfectly in keeping with the ethos of Herbert, and every other artist who has tackled his legendary work. While some fans might wish that this fake series had actually existed, they can at least rest easy knowing much more of the franchise is already on its way.
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