Dune’s music was composed to honour the strong female characters of the 1965 novel, says composer Hans Zimmer. After delays due to the coronavirus pandemic, Dune was released in US cinemas and on HBO Max in October. It’s the third major attempt to bring Frank Herbert’s story to the big screen, following Alejandro Jodorowsky abandoned undertaking in the 1970s and the 1984 film David Lynch has disowned. Coordinated by Denis Villeneuve, the epic sci-fi film has been a triumph with audiences, pundits, and even individual creatives, with Villeneuve’s Hollywood contemporary Christopher Nolan praising Dune for its special impacts, scale, and story.
Similarly, in his work on Dune, Zimmer also tried to pay accolade for the legacy of Herbert’s original story. Speaking with Den of Geek, the productive composer says that he and chief Villeneuve felt “unequivocally” about using female voices in the score. They felt that the clever had situated ladies as having “the genuine strength,” and Zimmer attempted to guarantee that the score mirrored that. Read the full statement beneath:
Both Denis and I felt emphatically about the presence of female voices. I think the underlying game Frank Herbert plays with us is that what drives the story forward is really the ladies. They’re in charge, the Bene Gesserit. It’s always a woman who appears to have the genuine strength in these accounts.
While Timothée Chalamet’s Paul Atreides is the story’s protagonist, the music does indeed mirror the strength that female characters have in Villeneuve’s adaptation. The Reverend Mother of the Bene Gesserit – the all-female strict request to which Paul’s mother, Lady Jessica, has a place – displays both force and authority in Dune’s famous Gom Jabbar scene. It’s Lady Jessica who trains Paul in the ways of the Bene Gesserit, passing her insight down to him, and however Zendaya’s Chani gets less screen-time than the trailers recommended, she appears as a capable warrior who is certain to play a greater part in the spin-off. With Dune: Part 2 currently affirmed for 2023, Zimmer will also be returning, and fans are hoping that he hasn’t already exhausted his library of otherworldly sounds.