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Encyclopedia > Children of Dune (TV miniseries)
Frank Herbert's Children of Dune
Written by Frank Herbert (novels)
John Harrison
Starring Alec Newman
Julie Cox
Daniela Amavia
Alice Krige
Susan Sarandon
Release date(s) March 16, 2003
Running time 266 min.
Language English
IMDb profile

Children of Dune was the sequel to the 2000 Dune miniseries produced by the United States Sci Fi channel. It was directed by Greg Yaitanes and adapted for television by John Harrison, with music by Brian Tyler. It was first broadcast in the USA on March 16, 2003. Image File history File links Summary Children of Dune DVD Cover. ... Frank Herbert (1920 - 1986) Frank Patrick Herbert (October 8, 1920 – February 11, 1986) was a critically acclaimed and commercially successful American science fiction author. ... Alec Newman is a UK theater and television actor. ... Julie Cox in Dune miniseries Julie Cox is a English actress. ... Daniela Amavia (Greek: Ντανιέλα Αμανία), also credited as Daniela Elle and Daniela Lunkewitz, is an actress and model, appearing in numerous films and international fashion events. ... Alice Krige as Lady Jessica in the Children of Dune miniseries Alice Maud Krige (born June 28, 1954 in Upington, South Africa) is an actress best known for her role in the Star Trek series as the Borg Queen. ... Sarandon in The Banger Sisters Susan Sarandon (born October 4, 1946) is an Academy Award-winning American actress. ... March 16 is the 75th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (76th in Leap years). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... Frank Herberts Dune was a three-part miniseries based on the Dune novel by Frank Herbert. ... A miniseries (sometimes mini-series), in a serial storytelling medium, is a production which tells a story in a limited number of episodes. ... Sci Fi (sometimes rendered Sci-Fi when part of a longer phrase) is an American cable television channel, launched September 24, 1992, specializing in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and paranormal programming. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... Greg Yaitanes (born 1971 in Wellesley, Massachusetts) is an American television and film director who is best known for directing the Children of Dune miniseries. ... Brian Tyler is a composer who has written, arranged, and conducted musical scores for film. ... March 16 is the 75th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (76th in Leap years). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Adaptation

After production completed on the first miniseries (and before its broadcast), the Sci Fi Channel contracted writer/director Harrison to write a sequel. Harrison's idea for the next installment was to combine Frank Herbert's subsequent novels, Dune Messiah and Children of Dune. He has said in interviews that he believed both novels to be two parts of the same story, which essentially concludes the story of House Atreides [1]. Also, Dune Messiah is a fairly short book, roughly a third the length of either Dune or Children of Dune. Thus, the name of the miniseries is somewhat of a misnomer, as the first part dramatizes Messiah and the second and third parts portray the events from Children. Frank Herbert (1920 - 1986) Frank Patrick Herbert (October 8, 1920 – February 11, 1986) was a critically acclaimed and commercially successful American science fiction author. ... Dune Messiah Dune Messiah is a science fiction novel by Frank Herbert, the second in a series of six novels. ... Children of Dune Children of Dune is a science fiction novel by Frank Herbert, third in a series of six novels set in the Dune universe. ... House Atreides is a fictional noble family from Frank Herberts Dune novels. ...


Just as the first chapter in this miniseries was generally considered more faithful to the novels than the 1985 David Lynch film that preceded it, Children of Dune worked to correct the mistakes of its own predecessor. Some fans had complaints about the color of the eyes of the Fremen, as they appeared to be almost phosphorescent in the first Sci Fi miniseries, not the "blue within blue" described by Herbert. The eye color was toned down in the sequel to a more accurately representative deep but vibrant blue. This miniseries is also noted for its highly successful soundtrack, composed by Brian Tyler. 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... David Lynch at Cannes in 2001. ... Dune is a 1984 movie directed by David Lynch and based on the 1964 Frank Herbert novel of the same name. ... Spoiler warning: The Fremen are a group of people in the Dune series of science fiction novels by Frank Herbert. ...

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Main Cast

Actor Role
Alec Newman Paul Atreides/Muad'Dib
Julie Cox Princess Irulan Corrino-Atreides
Daniela Amavia Alia Atreides
Alice Krige Lady Jessica Atreides
Susan Sarandon Princess Wensicia Corrino
Edward Atterton Duncan Idaho
Ian McNeice Baron Vladimir Harkonnen
Barbora Kodetová Chani (credited as Barbara Kodetová)
Zuzana Geislerová Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam
P.H. Moriarty Gurney Halleck
Steven Berkoff Stilgar
James McAvoy Leto Atreides II
Jessica Brooks Ghanima Atreides
Jonathan Brüün Farad'n Corrino
Martin McDougall Scytale
Rik Young Javid
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Alec Newman is a UK theater and television actor. ... Paul Atreides, as portrayed by Kyle MacLachlan in David Lynchs Dune (1985), wielding the infamous Weirding Module. Paul Orestes Atreides is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... MuadDib is the name of two fictional entities within the realm of Frank Herberts Dune. ... Julie Cox in Dune miniseries Julie Cox is a English actress. ... Princess Irulan Corrino, portrayed by Julie Cox in the Dune miniseries Princess Irulan Corrino is a character in Frank Herberts fictional Dune universe. ... Daniela Amavia (Greek: Ντανιέλα Αμανία), also credited as Daniela Elle and Daniela Lunkewitz, is an actress and model, appearing in numerous films and international fashion events. ... Alia Atreides, portayed by Daniela Amavia in the Children of Dune miniseries. ... Alice Krige as Lady Jessica in the Children of Dune miniseries Alice Maud Krige (born June 28, 1954 in Upington, South Africa) is an actress best known for her role in the Star Trek series as the Borg Queen. ... Lady Jessica Atreides, portrayed by Saskia Reeves in the Dune miniseries Jessica Atreides is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Sarandon in The Banger Sisters Susan Sarandon (born October 4, 1946) is an Academy Award-winning American actress. ... Princess Wensicia Corrino, portrayed by Susan Sarandon in the Children of Dune miniseries Princess Wensicia Corrino is a fictional character from the Dune universe of Frank Herbert. ... Duncan Idaho is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, portrayed by Ian McNeice in the Sci-Fi Channels Dune miniseries Ian McNeice (born October 2, 1950) is an internationally known English television and movie actor. ... Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, portrayed by Ian McNeice in the Dune miniseries Vladimir Harkonnen is a fictional character from the science fiction series Dune. ... Barbora Kodetová is a Czech actress perhaps best known for her portrayal of Paul Atreides concubine Chani in the 2000 television miniseries Frank Herberts Dune and its 2003 sequel, Children of Dune. ... Chani (short for Chanisihayah) is a fictional character featured in Frank Herberts science fiction Dune universe. ... A Reverend Mother is a fictional character appearing in the novel Dune, being a Bene Gesserit woman who has finished her training. ... Gaius Helen Mohiam is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Gurney Halleck is a fictional soldier in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Steven Berkoff (born August 3, 1937) is an actor, writer and director. ... Stilgar is a fictional character featured in Frank Herberts Dune universe. ... James McAvoy as Mr Tumnus in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe James McAvoy (born in 1979 in Scotstoun, Glasgow) is a Scottish actor. ... Leto Atreides II, portrayed by James McAvoy in the Children of Dune miniseries Leto Atreides II is a fictional character in the Dune universe, created by Frank Herbert. ... Ghanima (meaning spoil of war in the Fremen language) is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Scytale is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Children of Dune. ...

Plot

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Part One

This three part, six-hour miniseries picks up where the previous one left off. Paul Atreides, also known as Muad'Dib, has led forth the Fremen of Arrakis to overthrow the Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV and forced the Corrino family into exile on Salusa Secundus. Twelve years have passed since Paul became emperor at the end of Dune, during which time his Fremen armies have launched several bloody jihads on a galactic scale to solidify his position as new emperor. Now leader of House Corrino, Princess Wensicia continues to plot during her exile. MuadDib is the name of two fictional entities within the realm of Frank Herberts Dune. ... Spoiler warning: The Fremen are a group of people in the Dune series of science fiction novels by Frank Herbert. ... Arrakis, (derived from the Arabic name ar-rāqiṣ, the dancer, originally a star-name for Mu Draconis) later Rakis (known colloquially as Dune) is a fictional desert planet featured in the Dune novels by Frank Herbert, where it is the home of the Fremen (Zensunni wanderers) and later, the... Shaddam Corrino IV, portrayed by Giancarlo Giannini in the Dune miniseries Shaddam Corrino IV is a fictional character in the science fiction novel Dune. ... Shaddam IV on the Golden Lion Throne Imperial House Corrino is a Great House and ruling family in the fictional Dune universe of Frank Herbert. ... Salusa Secundus is a fictional planet appearing in Frank Herberts Dune universe. ...


Through the various interlocking schemes of the Bene Gesserit, Spacing Guild, Tleilaxu, House Corrino, and rebel Fremen, Paul's authority is challenged. Paul is attacked with a stone burner that causes him to go blind. Due to his extraordinary prescient abilities, however, he is still able to see in some manner. The Bene Gesserit (as seen in the prologue of Dune) The Bene Gesserit (from Latin or Arabic: see the origin of the name) are a key social, religious and political force in Frank Herberts science fiction universe of Dune. ... The Spacing Guild is a fictional organization in Frank Herberts Dune universe created in a series of science fiction novels starting in Dune and ending with Chapterhouse Dune. ... The Bene Tleilax or Tleilaxu are an organisation in the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert in the Dune series of novels. ... A stone burner is an atomic weapon or fusion bomb in the Dune fictional universe, the explosion and radiation of which could be precisely adjusted. ... Blindness is the condition of lacking visual perception due to physiological or psychological factors. ... Prescience is the ability to predict the future through vision. ...


Paul's concubine Chani gives birth to his twin children, but is severely weakened by the childbirth. Upon her subsequent death, Paul loses his ability to see despite his blindness, rendering him at a disadvantage when the Tleilaxu face dancer Scytale triggers the ghola mentat Duncan Idaho's brainwashing. Duncan is forced to confront his original memories, but ultimately remains loyal to his Duke Paul and betrays Scytale. A swampy marsh area ... Fraternal twin boys in the tub Twins in animal biology is a case of multiple birth in which the mother gives birth to two offspring from the same pregnancy. ... Childbirth (also called labo(u)r, birth, partus or parturition) is the culmination of a human pregnancy with the emergence of a newborn infant from its mothers uterus. ... Face Dancers are a type of human in Frank Herberts fictional Dune universe. ... A Ghola is a creature in the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... A Mentat is a profession or discipline called human computers in Frank Herberts fictional Dune universe. ... Brainwashing, also known as thought reform or re-education, is the application of coercive techniques to change the beliefs or behavior of one or more people usually for political or religious purposes. ...


It is at this point that Paul discovers his children are pre-born, and prescient as well. Paul's son Leto II, who has been appearing to him as a young adult in prescient visions, allows his father to "use his eyes" in order to react quickly enough to kill Scytale before the face dancer can kill the children. Abomination, in the context of the Dune series written by Frank Herbert, refers to one who aquires full concience as a fetus as a result of being exposed to the spice agony, gaining to all their ancestral memories before birth. ...


At the conclusion of the first part, Paul walks off into the desert, a "single, blind Fremen," in reference to the ancient Fremen custom of abandoning blind members of the tribe to the great worms of Arrakis. His children, now heirs to his empire, are left in the care of Paul's sister Alia, who is herself pre-born and tortured by her own prescience. She turns to Duncan for emotional support and comfort. A convention is a set of agreed, stipulated or generally accepted rules, norms, standards or criteria, often taking the form of a custom. ... Sandworms are fictional creatures from Frank Herberts science-fiction novel Dune. ...

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Part Two

The second part opens a considerable time after the conclusion of the first. Paul's children, Ghanima and Leto II, are now in young adulthood and under the eye of their aunt Alia, who is regent of Paul's empire. Lady Jessica, mother to Paul and Alia, (whom their father, the first Duke Leto, never married for political reasons) arrives on Arrakis, ostensibly to visit her grandchildren. Alia fears that her mother has resumed her allegiance to the Bene Gesserit and may be plotting against her daughter. A character known only as the 'Preacher' has surfaced at court, and the popular rumour is that he is in fact Paul Muad'Dib. The Preacher speaks out against Alia's ritualistic, fundamentalist rule, but Alia refuses to get rid of him because she cannot be absolutely sure of his identity. // High public office A regent, from the Latin regens who reigns is anyone who acts as head of state, especially if not the monarch (who has higher titles). ... Duke Leto Atreides, portrayed by William Hurt in the Dune miniseries Leto Atreides I is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ...


As the story progresses, Alia's control over her own mind weakens further. All Bene Gesserit Reverend Mothers obtain the memories of their female ancestors after being exposed to the Spice Agony. Alia as a pre-born child is regarded as an Abomination: in the past, such pre-born children have been overwhelmed by the consciousnesses of their ancestors (both female and male) and gone mad. In Alia's case, one particular personality manifests itself, that of the dead Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, who was killed by Alia's own hand. The Baron is in fact Jessica's father, and thus Alia's grandfather. This shade strikes a bargain with Alia, whereby he silences the other personalities, and in return she allows the hedonistic Baron access to her senses. In the Dune series of science fiction books by Frank Herbert, spice agony is an ordeal, in which an acolyte of the Bene Gesserit takes a massive overdose of the spice melange and confronts her inner self, and the selves of all her female ancestors. ... It has been suggested that Personality psychology be merged into this article or section. ...


Meanwhile, House Corrino launches yet another assassination attempt on the Atreides heirs, in the form of vicious Laza tigers that are controlled via remote control. Leto uses this opportunity to fake his own death in order to sojourn into the desert. Like his father, his prescience is forcing him to seek answers to certain questions. A television remote control A DVDplayer remote control A remote control is an electronic device used for the remote operation of a machine. ...

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Part Three

The conclusion to the miniseries, part three depicts the return of Leto to Alia's court. Stuck in the middle of a brewing civil war, Alia has to deal not only with the external pressure of rebel Fremen, but the internal pressures of the ever-strengthening Baron Harkonnen. Formerly loyal Naib Stilgar becomes the leader of the rebels after Duncan forces his hand by murdering the priest Javid in Stilgar's sietch. Alia had recently taken Javid as a lover, and grown ever-distant from Idaho. For killing Javid in Stilgar's own sietch, Stilgar is forced to kill Idaho (as Idaho had planned). A civil war is a war in which parties within the same culture, society or nationality fight for political power or control of an area. ... A sietch is a Fremen desert settlement in the Dune stories. ...


Princess Wensicia visits Arrakis, bringing her son Farad'n with the intent of wedding him to Ghanima, now the sole heir of the empire. Farad'n betrays his bitter mother, however, by revealing that she was in fact the instigator behind Leto Atreides's apparent death. In a rage, Alia orders Wensicia imprisoned, and Farad'n would have met a similar fate had not Ghanima intervened.


While rebel Fremen summon worms to ride toward the captial city Arrakeen, Leto returns from the deep desert. He has absorbed several sandtrout as part of a destined transformation into something that could lead humanity along the Golden Path and prevent humanity's destruction. The sandtrout is slowly transforming his skin, causing his metamorphosis into something that transcends humanity. In addition to his already-superhuman prescience and Bene Gesserit-like abilities, Leto survives a Coriolis sandstorm, and can now run extremely fast. Arrakeen is the capital city of the planet Arrakis. ... Sandworms are fictional creatures from Frank Herberts science-fiction novel Dune. ... The Golden Path is Leto IIs strategy to prevent humanitys destruction in Frank Herberts fictional Dune universe. ... Sandstorm can refer to: Sandstorms, a term used for dust storms in the desert. ...


Leto arrives in Arrakeen shortly before the wedding of Ghanima and Farad'n; Ghanima had intended to murder Farad'n herself on their wedding night, but Leto's arrival ends her plan for vengeance. Leto confronts Alia, and Alia very nearly loses herself to the Baron Harkonnen within. In the end, however, she chooses to commit suicide rather than surrender herself unto "Abomination," and dies in her mother's arms. Lady Jessica returns to Caladan, and invites Irulan to accompany her, but Irulan declines; she intends to stay on Arrakis for the sake of Ghanima and Farad'n's children. Ghanima informs Farad'n in a private moment that "as my mother was never a wife, so will you never be a husband." Caladan is a fictional planet in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ...

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Departures from the novel

Several things in the miniseries differ from Herbert's novels:

  • It was clearly established by Herbert and later in the Prelude to Dune prequels that Irulan is the eldest of the Corrino sisters. However, the casting of Susan Sarandon as Wensicia suggests that her character is older than Irulan, whose portrayer Julie Cox is a generation younger than Sarandon. The age difference does not, however, have any impact on the plot.
  • The miniseries ages Leto II and Ghanima to young adults, whereas in the book they were only nine years old when they become actively involved in the intrigues on Arrakis. John Harrison defended this by explaining that there would have been a small child actor pool to choose from if they kept them the same age as in the books, but if they were young adults they could cast more talented actors.
  • The miniseries involves Wensicia in Scytale's plot with the Duncan Idaho ghola; she did not appear in the novel Dune Messiah in which that story unfolded.
  • Alia commits suicide by stabbing herself; in the novel, she jumped to her death from a high window.
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The Prelude to Dune trilogy was written by Brian Herbert (son of Frank Herbert) and Kevin J. Anderson and based in part on Frank Herberts notes, found after his death. ...

Trivia

  • Harrison has stated in interviews that Krige was his first choice to play Jessica in the original miniseries, but she was unavailable and Saskia Reeves won the role. Krige played the role in the sequel when Reeves was unavailable due to pregnancy.
  • This miniseries and its predecessor were two of the three highest-rated programs ever to be broadcast on the Sci-Fi Channel [2].
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British Actress; Dune (2000) Mini-series, Close My Eyes (1991). ...

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