The Royal Film Commission – Jordan Organizes a Gala Screening of
The Film “Dune” Shot in Jordan
Amman, 21 September 2021
Film Commission – Jordan (RFC) organized a Gala Screening of “Dune”,
directed by Denis Villeneuve, on Monday 20th of September at Taj
Cinemas in Amman.
event was held under the patronage of Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein,
Chairman of the RFC’s Board of Commissioners, who attended the
screening along with Princess Rym Ali, Member of the Board of
Commissioners, and in the presence of the Jordanian crew, selected
guests, journalists and media representatives.
Frank Herbert’s seminal bestseller of the same name, “Dune” was shot
in the Kingdom over 23 days in 2019, specifically in Wadi Rum and
Wadi Araba. These dazzling landscapes, which have always served as
filming locations for international movies, were best suited to
represent parts of the world seen in the film.
Bin Al Hussein said he was delighted by this event: “I am very proud
that Jordan hosted the shoot of a world-class film such as ‘Dune’;
it was the biggest production of the year, shot in a safe and
film-friendly environment, and it is based on a novel that is
considered as being the world’s most influential bestselling
science-fiction novel. A wide audience from all over the world will
be able to watch this film on a big screen and see how the beautiful
landscapes of Wadi Rum and Wadi Araba can serve as an other-worldly
cinematic experience. Congratulations to all the ‘Dune’ team, the
international and local cast and crews who through their hard work
brought back such an epic adventure to the silver screen.”
of scouting trips and preparations for the shoot, the foreign crew
worked with some 400 Jordanians across the various departments.
It is not
the first time that the acclaimed director, producer and writer
Denis Villeneuve filmed in Jordan. Added to his credits is the
Oscar-nominated film “Incendies”, which competed for Best Film in a
Foreign Language at the Academy Awards in 2011. “Incendies” was also
shot in Jordan.
Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ “Dune” had its World
Premiere earlier this month at the Venice International Film
Festival, where it was highly acclaimed by critics and the audience
be released in cinemas in Jordan as of Thursday 23rd of September
offers international, regional and local productions filming in
Jordan the benefit of a “Cash Rebate Program”, provided that they
meet eligibility criteria.
Villeneuve directed “Dune” from a screenplay by Jon Spaihts and
Villeneuve and Oscar winner Eric Roth (“Forrest Gump”) based on the
novel of the same name written by Frank Herbert. Oscar nominee Mary
Parent (“The Revenant”), Villeneuve, Cale Boyter and Joe Caracciolo
Jr. produced the film. The executive producers were Tanya Lapointe,
Joshua Grode, Herbert W. Gains, Jon Spaihts, Thomas Tull, Brian
Herbert, Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert.
Pictures and Legendary Pictures Present a Legendary Pictures
Production, a Film by Denis Villeneuve, “Dune”. The film is slated
to be released in theaters September 23, 2021.