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"Dian" .. returns to Abu Dhabi to shoot for the second part

“Dian” .. returns to Abu Dhabi to shoot for the second part

Abu Dhabi (Etihad)

Legendary Entertainment, the producer of the Oscar-winning film “Dion”, has confirmed it will return to Abu Dhabi later this year to shoot the second part of the film, in director Denis Villeneuve’s masterpiece based on the best-selling novel by Frank Herbert.
Produced by Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros, the epic adventure film will be shot later this year in the dunes of the Liwa Desert with a diverse crew of local and international talent, and the artwork will be a boon. A 30% cashback on production costs will be provided by the Abu Dhabi Film Commission, while Epic Films will provide production services and support a number of production partners in the UAE.

  • Muhammad Khalifa Al Mubarak

Unique destination
Speaking on the occasion, His Excellency Mohammed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism and Chairman of twofour54 Abu Dhabi, said: “Dion is once again a great opportunity to highlight Abu Dhabi as a unique and premier destination.” The world’s famous cinema shooting location inspires more and more viewers and fans. Cinemas from around the world visit the emirate and enjoy up close the enchanting landscapes that captivate them on the big screen. Abu Dhabi has many exceptional features and advantages, including magnificent architecture. Monuments and stunning landscapes, as well as its authentic culture that reflects its magic on the cinema screen, and which we hope the audience will enjoy around the world, have an unparalleled opportunity to discover a new and inspiring world inspired by the purity of nature. Liwa Desert.”
Sam Kojaya, Executive Vice President and Director of Corporate Development, Legendary Entertainment said: “We are delighted to be shooting the second part of the movie (Toon) in Abu Dhabi with its unique character and landmarks. , not to mention the support we receive and its community full of talent and employees. Talented people will contribute immensely in translating our vision while shooting the second part of this legendary film.
The second part of the movie “Dion” tells the story of Duke Paul Atretus, who joins forces with the powerful warrior Chani and the planet’s indigenous people, the Fremen, and is determined to avenge those who conspired against him and destroyed him. Finding himself in a difficult choice between saving his family, the love of his life, on the one hand, and Paul’s visions, he pushes away the danger from the universe where he may face a worse fate in the future.
Dune 2 rejoins Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Zendaya and Javier Bardem, along with recent cast members including Florence Buck, Austin Butler and Christopher Walken.

  • Denis Villeneuve settled in the Liwa desert
    Denis Villeneuve settled in the Liwa desert

Beautiful city
Director Denis Villeneuve said: “Returning to the beautiful city of Abu Dhabi, with its sand dunes and captivating desert, there are ideal locations to shoot the second part of the film (Dune). The events of the sand planet Arrakis, within a fertile environment for cinematic creativity.”

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The right choice
Abu Dhabi Film Commission President Hans Frigen said, “When Denis Villeneuve first visited Abu Dhabi in search of a suitable filming location for his famous movie Planet (Arachis), he was amazed by its beauty. The emirate’s mesmerizing desert landscapes. We look forward to the team’s visit to highlight the magnificence and beauty of the Liwa Desert. In addition to diverse landscapes and locations, we have a strong base of local talent and world-class facilities. A generous and competitive incentive program that will cement Abu Dhabi’s position as one of the most important shooting locations for international business.
The film “Dian” joins more than 130 major works of art that have chosen Abu Dhabi as a filming location in recent years, including famous Hollywood films such as the “Mission Impossible” series, “Star Wars” and “Fast and Furious”. “Dion.” Besides the Sonic the Hedgehog movie and two Netflix movies, “6 Underground” and “War Machine.”