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Earlier this week #NASA announced the discovery of the seven Earth-sized planets found in the habitable zone of a single star, called TRAPPIST-1. The illustration they provided looks very familiar, so I've added some labels!

I expect there are actually a few more planets, with Ix being the ninth!
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Scene 111-114 : Jamis's Funeral

A ceremony is held for Jamis, and the water that Jamis owned (33 litres, 7 drams and 3 seconds) is presented to Paul in the form of a series of rings.

Not knowing what to do what them he asks Chani to hold them for him, which causes humour among the Fremen given its meaning among them.

Chani and Paul then carry the water down into a cave, which contains an enormous basin filled with water, the sight of which stops Paul in his tracks - "I know this place. I saw it in a dream."

Again Paul has a vision, this time it is of a Fremen religious crusade with Paul as their leader.

Chani and Paul reach the basin, and empty the water into it through a water counting machine.

Chani explains that water, collected from condensers has been kept in every sietch, and when they have enough the Fremen will change the desert into a garden. It is part of Kynes' plan, who, at the age of 386 fathered Chani!

The script follows pretty closely Frank Herbert's original novel, even down to individual lines:
Script:
CHANI : Later I'll show you how to wrap them in a handkerchief so that they don't ring when silence is necessary.

Novel:
"Later," Chani said, "I will show you how to tie them in a kerchief so they won't rattle and give you away when you need silence."

The Moebius storyboards show Paul receiving the water rings, and visiting the water basin.


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44 years ago Rospo Pallenberg completed his first 52 page story treatment of Dune for the failed attempt by Arthur P Jacobs to bring Frank Herbert's masterpiece to the cinema screen. We are pleased to bring the first 3 pages of this treatment online. Maybe we'll have something special for the 45th anniversary!

Frank Herbert's DUNE
a film treatment by Rospo Pallenberg
APJAC INTERNATIONAL

The epic science fiction saga takes us into a future remote and fantastic.

The inhabitable planets of the Universe are linked in a political and economical system -- the Empire. The civilization of the Universe is a crazy quilt made up of the many and diverse future, past and merely imagined cultures of the mother planet, the now extinguished Earth... Rapiers, sabers, scimitars -- and spaceships; feudal lords -- and women with brain power capable of altering the chemical structure of matter; political schemes more sophisticated than those of Machiavelli and primitive religious beliefs; they all exist side by side.

And one planet, Dune, a forbidding manforsaken world, will be the focus of a vicious intergalactic plot and a bloody power struggle. Upon Dune will be born forces that will deal death blows to the three foundations upon which rests the existence of the Universe:
-- The Emperor
-- The Navigators
-- The Women of the Sisterhood

As in the feudal hierarchy of the Middle Ages, the Emperor is the Overlord of all other noblemen. The Emperor's might is backed by an elite corps of undefeatable Hun-like warriors, the legendary Sardukar.

Each lord, baron, count or duke is absolute master of a fief -- a planet or group of planets. In governing his subjects, or serfs, the fief lord is supported by the members of his House -- warriors, troops and officials bound in obedience.

The nobleman of the Universe live in fear; of war waged by another planetary lord, and of internal treachery. The art of poisoning is highly developed. All aristocrats flaunt jeweled rings. Much more than ornaments, the magnificent stones are intricately devised poison detectors.

All the serfs of a planet are engaged in the production of a single commodity. And each lord is a stockholder in the combined enterprises of interplanetary commerce.

Enormous spaceships travel the great distances between planets . The ships belong to the Navigators. They hold total domain over High Technology and Science . . . For a fee, or the equivalent in value of a precious drug called melange, they will transport anything or anybody to the farthest reaches of the Universe.

Communication with the Navigators is by telex and completely impersonal. . . Ten thousand years ago they retreated and sealed themselves inside the inner holds of their spaces-ships. They have not been seen since!

Because they guarantee interplanetary commerce, the Navigators are the keystone of the Empire's very structure. Yet the Navigators have never abused their awesome power. They have refrained, totally, from meddling in the human affairs of the Universe, -- Paul, the protagonist of our tale, who at sixteen will relinquish boyhood for the responsibilities accompanying prodigious psychic powers, will unmask the secret of the Navigators and draw them from the unviolated inner sancta of their ships.

The women of the Sisterhood are feared and desired. Of aristocratic birth, they are educated in all-female convent-like schools. Because of their beauty and intelligence the women are purchased as spouses or concubines by the ruling nobles. They are officially the guardians of culture and sophistication... They are also trained in the deadly arts of combat. But their main and secret instruction is the development of extraordinary and extrasensory psychic powers.

The aims of this quasi-religious order of super-women are secret -- to develop a master race of nobleman, gifted with the power of Prescience, of Foreknowledge. -- Our protagonist will be at odds with the Sisterhood, and will engage in an intimate and complex struggle with one of its members, his own mother.

DUNE -- is a planet-world of harsh deserts and barren rock outcroppings. No body of water on Dune lies open to the sky. The bleak landscapes are swept by terrible sandstorms. And through its sands move, as if swimming, worms which dwarf the huge spaceships of the Navigators.

From the perilous sands of Dune, under nearly unbearable climactic conditions, is mined the most valuable product of the Universe the drug; melange. This orange dust is deadly poison... Used judiciously it enhances and prolongs life. Its use, in variously diluted forms, is commonplace throughout the Universe. -- Our protagonist will bridle the pure drug, and through its unknown potential, extend the limits of human experience to new mystical heights, at severe risk to his very existence.

Somewhere upon this forbidding planet, beyond the reach of the Empire, lives a mysterious race, the Fremen. -- They will rise in power and importance to the forefront of the Universe.


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Scene 109-110 : Jamis Fight

Arriving at Sietch Tabr they descend into a large cave, where Stilgar introduces Paul & Jessica to suspicious Fremen, telling them that Kynes asked for Paul and Jessica to be accepted.

The Fremen react when they learn that Paul might be the Kwisatz Haderach and that his mother is a Bene Gesserit.

Jamis, however, is angry and demands proof. He challenges Paul to a fight. Jessica tries to use the Voice to prevent it, but Jamis demands silence.

Chani helps Paul prepare, giving him a Krys, and insight into Jamis's fighting techniques.

With the Fremen forming a ring around them, Paul and Jamis begin to fight, with Paul easily avoiding the attacks, but is unable to bring himself to strike back.

The Fremen believe that Paul is toying with Jamis, but when Paul manages to disarm him, and has the point of the knife against Jamis's chest he asks "Do you give up?"

Stilgar explains that it is a fight to the death! Paul backs away and Jamis takes up his Krys again. Jamis realises that Paul is the better fighter and attacks, at the last minute performing a knife switch, but Paul counter attacks and Jamis collapses dead - Paul's knife plunged into his heart.

The Fremen rush and cover the body and carry it off. Chani and Stilgar ask why he acted like a murderer, playing with his victim. Jessica explains that it is the first time that Paul has killed with a knife.

Stilgar asks what name Paul wishes to be know as now, and Paul picks the name of the mouse that jumps - Muad'Dib.

Meanwhile the water has been recovered from Jamis's body and Chani offers Paul a drink of it so he can recover the water lost during the fight. Paul is disgusted, but at Jessica's prompting he takes a long drink.

Paul then eats from a Spice dish, and immediately falls into a vision, and sees himself standing over the body of Feyd Rautha before being killed himself by Count Fenring.

The Moebius storyboards follow the script pretty closely. We see people entering into a cave, and then surrounded by a a ring of Fremen Paul and Jamis fight. There is Paul holding a knife to Jamis's throat, backing away, Jamis switching the knife to his other hand and finally being covered over after being killed. There is also a blurry storyboard that could be Paul's vision of Fenring killing him by cutting his throat.


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Scene 106-108 : Worm Ride

The Fremen lead Paul and Jessica to the edge of the desert, and a thumper is planted. Stilgar ties Jessica to him and warns her not to make a mistake as their lives depend on it.

In the distance a worm can be seen approaching, and the Fremen chant as it draws near.

While the worm is attracted to the thumper Stilgar, and by necessity Jessica rush towards it, followed by the other Fremen.

Stilgar uses hooks to attach to the worm, as do the other Fremen, and the worm turns lifting them onto its back.

The worm then carries them across the desert towards some rocky hills - Sietch Tabr, a large oasis in the middle of the desert.

In the Moebius storyboards we see Stilgar using an electric prod on the sandworm, a device that isn't mentioned in the script.

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Happy Holidays! Be sure to leave a glass of Spice beer and some Spice mince pies for Kwisatz Kringle tonight.
Print from @NoahPfarr over at http://noahillustration.com/

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Before Rogue One, was K-2SO finding work as Paul's training robot in Jodorowskys Dune?
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With little new firm information on the new Dune movie (or TV series) we continue our fantasy casting with Piter De Vries previously portrayed by Brad Dourif and Jan Unger in the film and miniseries. Do you think Tom Hiddleston would make a good Piter? What are your suggestions for the twisted Mentat?

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Earlier this week Legendary Entertainment announced it had acquired the rights for "Dune". While there is no information if we will see a film or TV adaptation, or if it'll be for "Classic" Dune, or the works of Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson that doesn't stop us from doing our own Fantasy Dune Casting!

We start with Duncan Idaho, previously portrayed by Richard Jordan, James Watson and Edward Atterton in the film and two miniseries. Do you think Oscar Isaac would make a good Duncan? What are your suggestions for the Ginaz Swordmaster?

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Scene 105 : The Fremen

Paul & Jessica walk down into the ravine which contains a garden, where Stilgar drops from a tree and tells them that they can either kill themselves, or be killed.

Stilgar then recognises Paul, and allows him to join the Fremen thanks to Kynes message, however Jessica must die.

Jessica manages to surprise Stilgar, holding him as a shield in front of her as Paul runs towards a rocky wall, knocking out Jamis as he passes him.

With a knife at his neck, Stilgar orders the Fremen to stand down, and Paul turns to see Chani - the girl from his dreams.

Jessica is accepted into their group in return for agreeing to teach the Fremen her fighting techniques.

With an deal struck, and Jamis helped up, they all set off marching, with two Fremen erasing their footsteps.

A partial Moebius storyboard appears to depict this scene, with Jessica holding a knife to Stilgar's throat.

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