Denis Villeneuve Purposedly Delayed Dune Reboot Premiere to Work on Important Arrakis Feature

Remember when nobody was sure whether the Dune reboot will ever get made? The production on the highly anticipated adaptation was repeatedly delayed in the past and fans were concerned it might be stuck in development hell. However, it turns out that director Denis Villeneuve may have delayed the film on purpose just so he could work on an important part of Arrakis.

Villeneuve was recently interviewed by Empire magazine where he admitted that he spent most of the pre-production developing the Shai-Hulud, which are the sandworms that are native to the planet (via Comicbook.com). The filmmaker revealed that he wanted to make sure the creatures were perfect.

"We talked about every little detail that would make such a beast possible, from the texture of the skin, to the way the mouth opens, to the system to eat its food in the sand," Villeneuve said. "It was a year of work to design and to find the perfect shape that looked prehistoric enough."

It's understandable why Villeneuve wanted to work on the sandworms the most although the movie is all about Paul Atreides. After all, the Shai-Hulud has an important role to play in the story. The look of the sandworms is set to be convincing enough to help bring viewers into Arrakis. Needless to say, the long wait for Dune is definitely worth it.

Dune will star Timothee Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, and more. The film is scheduled for release on December 18.

Related: Dune Image Reveals New Look at Timothee Chalamet's Paul Atreides

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