Hans Zimmer has somehow managed to write the score for every single film that’s ever existed, and for his latest project, Denis Villeneuve’s long-awaited sci-fi epic Dune, he’s also found time to produce a second entirely original score for the film’s behind-the-scenes book.
The Oscar winner was reportedly so inspired by the book, The Art and Soul of Dune, penned by the film’s executive producer Tanya Lapointe, that he was compelled to write a musical accompaniment. It will be available to download October 22, the same date as the film’s release, while the book will also be available in standard ($50) and limited ($600) editions. At that price, you’d be forgiven for wanting an entire second Dune film to go with it and have it personally delivered to you by Mr Chalamet himself, tbqh.
Zimmer was a childhood fan of Frank Herbert’s novel Dune, on which the David Lynch and Denis Villeneuve adaptations are based, and when the chance came to put it to music, he couldn’t turn it down. “I have to do (Dune),” he said before production started.
He added: “I just have these ideas, and it’s like this every day. I’m doing all these experiments, and I have no idea if any of them will ever really end up in the movie. But we are so dedicated, trying to do something different, to do solid and honorable work, and do justice to the book.”
The full edition of The Art and Soul of Dune is limited to 700 numbered and signed copies, featuring 80 pages of exclusive Dune art, on-set photography from cinematographer Greig Fraser, and long-form interviews with the cast and crew, (yes, including Timothée) Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, Villenueve, and more.
There’s also a commentary from star Josh Brolin “designed, printed, and hand-bound in a way that reflects the aesthetics of the film,” as well as a “cloth-bound” reproduction of the “Fremkit instruction booklet” prop from the movie. All this is contained in a “deluxe clamshell case” wrapped in “saifu cloth featuring copper-stamped bespoke imagery based on the Bene Gesserit designs created for the movie.”