The film and soundtrack for “Dune”, which will be released on October 22, will be accompanied by the book “The Art and Soul of Dune” by Insight Editions.
Just how massive is Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming “Dune” adaptation? It’s big enough to inspire two original Hans Zimmer scores. It was already known that Oscar winner Zimmer was composing the original score for Villeneuve’s “Dune” theatrical release, but now io9 confirms Zimmer has written additional and separate original score music inspired by the making-of “Dune” book that is being published in tandem with the film’s October release.
The album pairs with the companion books’ extensive chapter-by-chapter look at the filmmaking process, including “Dune”‘s environmental and creature designs, costume concepts, and digital effects.
The companion books will also feature exclusive interviews with the cast and crew, including Denis Villeneuve, Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, and Oscar Isaac, among others, offering readers an unparalleled and candid dive into the ambitious cinematic effort.
The special limited edition of “The Art and Soul of Dune” will include all of this in addition to a selection of other exclusive material. Beyond design upgrades like a cloth cover with ornate, foil-stamped House of Atreides and Harkonnen symbols, the companion book will be accompanied by a cloth-bound reproduction of the Fremkit instruction booklet prop created for the movie with 80 pages of exclusive, previously unseen art from the film as well as an exclusive companion volume titled “Dune”.
This additional volume of material, which is designed, custom printed and hand-bound with a variety of fine Japanese papers will feature candid on-set photographs from the film’s Oscar-nominated director of photography Greig Fraser alongside Josh Brolin’s perspective and recollections of the production.
Those who purchase one of the first 700 copies of the limited edition version will also get a signed and numbered signature card, individually inscribed by filmmaker Denis Villeneuve, author, and executive producer Tanya Lapointe stars Timothée Chalamet and Josh Brolin, and director of photography Greig Fraser.
The books that inspired the acclaimed composer to complete a whole new, separate “Dune” score are currently available for pre-order ahead of their October, 22nd release date. The standard edition comes at the modest cost of $50 and is available for reserve at online retailers, with a more epic price tag of $600 for the limited edition which can only be purchased from Insight Editions’ website.
With the addition of Zimmer’s “The Art and Soul of Dune” score, Dune’s soundtrack total jumps to three. On September 3, WaterTower Music will also debut The Dune Sketchbook (Music from the Soundtrack), a digital album comprised of extended and immersive “explorations” of the film score.
The digital album release of Dune‘s original motion picture soundtrack featuring Zimmer’s first score will drop on September 17, followed by “The Art and Soul of Dune” in October. Speaking to the original score, Zimmer revealed in a statement that the sound is based primarily on female voices.
“Denis and I agreed that the female characters in the film drive the story,” he said. “So the score is based on mainly female voices. We developed our language. The musicianship is extraordinary, and this is not your normal orchestral score.”
Most of the interior scenes of “Dune” were shot at ORIGO Studios in Budapest, one of the largest film studios in Europe. The film will be released in Belgium on September 15 excluding film festivals, for the first time in Hungary on the 14th of October, in the UK on the 21st of October, and in the US on the 22nd at the latest.