The Royal Film Commission – Jordan Organizes Avant-Première of “Dune: Part Two”, Shot in Part in Jordan

Feb 26, 2024

Amman, 26 February 2024,
The Royal Film Commission – Jordan (RFC) organized an Avant-Première of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ “Dune: Part Two”, from filmmaker Denis Villeneuve, on Sunday 25 February at Taj Cinemas in Amman.

The event unfolded under the patronage and in the presence of Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, Chairman of the RFC’s Board of Commissioners, accompanied by Princess Rym Ali, members of the Royal family and of the Board of Commissioners, government officials, diplomats and the Jordanian crew who worked on the production. Media representatives and representatives of the local filmmaking community also attended, making the event a truly memorable occasion.
Adapted from Frank Herbert’s seminal bestseller of the same name, parts of “Dune: Part Two” were shot in the Kingdom in 2022, specifically in Wadi Rum, Wadi Araba, Aqaba and Al Thalithawat area (eastern desert). These dazzling landscapes, which have always served as filming locations for international movies, were beautifully suited to represent parts of the world seen in the film.

Mohannad Bakri, the Managing Director of the Royal Film Commission, conveyed, "We are thrilled to welcome Dune back to film in Jordan for the second time, and we extend our gratitude to all our partners from governmental bodies and private sectors who helped facilitate this production. We are particularly proud of the Jordanian crew members of Dune: Part Two, whose invaluable contributions were instrumental in the success of the scenes filmed in Jordan." He further expressed, "We also extend our appreciation to Warner Brothers and Legendary Pictures for selecting Jordan as a filming location once again. We eagerly anticipate the continuation of our collaboration with them in the future."

This is acclaimed director, producer and writer Denis Villeneuve’s third film in Jordan, following the Oscar-winning “Dune”, which was shot in Jordan in 2019. His Oscar-nominated film “Incendies”, which competed for Best Film in a Foreign Language at the Academy Awards in 2011, also shot in Jordan. 

“Dune: Part Two”, which has already received much critical acclaim and is one of the most highly anticipated films of the year, will be released in cinemas in Jordan as of 29 February , 2024.

As for the region at large, in the UAE and Lebanon, the epic continuation of the Dune saga will hit cinemas on the 29th of February 2024. In other markets in the region, the film is scheduled for an Eid release on the 11th of April. To ensure that fervent fans in Jordan and across the Middle East experience in the epic sequel simultaneously with the rest of the world, an exclusive week of previews is set to sweep through markets outside the UAE and Lebanon. Fans in these countries can be the first to witness the exhilarating saga and watch Dune: Part Two from the 29th of February to the 6th of March 2024 (inclusive), ahead of the wider release on April 11.

The RFC offers international, regional, and local productions filming in Jordan the benefit of a “Cash Rebate Program”, provided that they meet eligibility criteria.

About “Dune: Part Two”
The saga continues as award-winning filmmaker Denis Villeneuve embarks on Dune: Part Two, the next chapter of Frank Herbert’s celebrated novel Dune, with an expanded all-star international ensemble cast.  The film, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, is the highly anticipated follow-up to 2021’s six-time Academy Award-winning Dune.

The big-screen epic continues the adaptation of Frank Herbert’s acclaimed bestseller Dune with returning and new stars, including Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar nominee Josh Brolin, Oscar nominee Austin Butler, Oscar nominee Florence Pugh, Dave Bautista, Oscar winner Christopher Walken, Léa Seydoux, Souheila Yacoub, with Stellan Skarsgård, with Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling, and Oscar winner Javier Bardem.

Dune: Part Two will explore the mythic journey of Paul Atreides as he unites with Chani and the Fremen while on a path of revenge against the conspirators who destroyed his family. Facing a choice between the love of his life and the fate of the known universe, he endeavors to prevent a terrible future only he can foresee. 

Villeneuve directed from a screenplay he and Jon Spaihts wrote based on Herbert’s novel.  The film is produced by Mary Parent, Cale Boyter, Villeneuve, Tanya Lapointe and Patrick McCormick.  The executive producers are Joshua Grode, Jon Spaihts, Thomas Tull, Herbert W. Gains, Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt, Kim Herbert, Richard P. Rubinstein and John Harrison, with Kevin J. Anderson serving as creative consultant.

Villeneuve is again collaborating with his Dune creatives: Oscar-winning director of photography Greig Fraser; Oscar-winning production designer Patrice Vermette; Oscar-winning editor Joe Walker; Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Paul Lambert; Oscar-nominated costume designer Jacqueline West; and Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer delivering another epic score.  Oscar-winning supervising sound editor Richard King joins the team.

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures Present A Legendary Pictures Production, A Film By Denis Villeneuve, Dune: Part Two.  The film is only in theaters and IMAX® on 11 April, 2024.

About the Royal Film Commission – Jordan
The Royal Film Commission – Jordan (RFC) is a public institution, with administrative and financial autonomy, established in 2003 with a mandate to promote for and contribute to the development of an internationally competitive Jordanian audio-visual industry. The RFC organizes training workshops, screenings and provides production support services.
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