Earlier this month, Dune fans received their first preview of Denis Villenueve’s new adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel of the same name. Slated to open in theaters on December 18, the cinematic trailer features scenes with actors Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Oscar Isaac, and Josh Brolin, and a score composed by Zimmer, whose new arrangement of Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon closer cut can be heard in the distance.
In contrast to the British rock band’s original, the spacial void and stark moments of silence heard in Zimmer’s interpretation introduces something that is both ominous and forewarning. “All that you touch/ And all that you see/ All that you taste/ All you feel,” Roger Waters sings hauntingly to the swelling of a shrieking sound.
Zimmer, who confirmed his attachment to score Dune in March 2019, marks his second time composing for Villenueve. The two previously joined forces on 2017’s Blade Runner 2049. Before signing on to score for Dune, Zimmer revealed he’d initially been approached to compose for Christopher Nolan’s action-thriller, Tenet, but ultimately passed on the opportunity.
Speaking on his decision in a previous interview, Zimmer told The Playlist, “Dune’ is one of my favorite books from my teenage years and I love Denis Villeneuve, obviously.”
This isn’t the first time “Eclipse” has been sought after for a Dune adaptation. Filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky made a botched effort to use the record for his vision of Dune in the 1970s, but documented his attempt in 2013’s Jodorowsky’s Dune.