German SF news site sf-film.de features photographs from the shoot of the new $20 million six hour Dune TV film for the SciFi Channel US which started shooting in Prague on 22nd November 1999.
The mini-series stars William Hurt as Leto Atreides; Italian actor Giancarlo Giannini as Emperor Shaddam IV and Ian McNeice as the evil Baron Harkonnen. Barbara Kodetova plays Cahni on the side of Alec Newman as the charismatic Paul Atreides, the film’s lead character. The German actor Uwe Ochsenknecht plays Stilgar.
The script for this latest screen version of Dune was written by John Harrison, who also directs. The executive producers are Richard P. Rubinstein and Mitchell Galin. Three-time Oscar winner Vittorio Storaro (Apolycapse Now) is director of photography. Theodor Pistek (who won an Oscar for his costumes in Amadeus) is the costume creator. There’s also special effects supervisor Ernest Farino and production designer Miljen Kreka Kljakovic.
The digital effects will be created by three studios, including Area 51 (Space: Above & Beyond, Buffy) and Netter Digital (Babylon 5).
Dune is produced by New Amsterdam Entertainment, Inc., the Sci-Fi Channel and KirchMedia in conjunction with Tandem Communications.
The US airdate is scheduled for the last quarter of 2000, and the film will be shown in Germany in Spring 2001. No info yet on a UK screen date — keep watching this page for news!
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