FRANK HERBERT’S CHILDREN OF DUNE
JOHN HARRISON, director of Tales from the Darkside: The Movie, writer of Dinosaur
and writer/director of Frank Herbert's Dune was entrusted with the job
of adapting Dune Messiah and Children of Dune, the second and third novels
respectively of Frank Herbert's six-book Dune Chronicles, into another
blockbuster television event. Frank Herbert's Children of Dune marks
the first time that either book has been adapted for the large or small
According to Harrison, "Children of Dune is a musing on several themes
that come out of Frank
Herbert's work. One is that every revolution contains the seeds
of its own destruction. The second is a phrase that comes right from Herbert,
but is applicable to human history, 'when religion and politics ride
in the same cart, the whirlwind follows.' "
Children of Dune's stellar ensemble cast includes Academy Award-winner SUSAN
SARANDON as the deliciously evil
Princess Wensicia, ALICE KRIGE, EDWARD ATTERTON,
STEVEN BURKOFF, and newcomers DANIELA AMAVIA, JAMES MACAVOY and JESSICA
BROOKS. Reprising their roles from the first miniseries are ALEC NEWMAN
as Paul, BARBARA KODETOVA as Chani, JULIE COX as Princess Irulan, and P.H.
MORIARTY as Gurney Halleck.
Many members of the extraordinary production team who worked on Frank Herbert's
Dune have also returned for the production of Frank Herbert's Children
of Dune. Leading the team again is Executive Producer RICHARD P. RUBINSTEIN,
whose credits include the 8-hour Stephen King's The Stand and Stephen
King's Pet Sematary. Emmy winning Producer DAVID KAPPES (Anne Frank)
also returns, as do Emmy winning Visual Effects Supervisor ERNEST D. FARINO,
Editor HARRY B. MILLER, III, Associate Producer MICHAEL MESSINA, and Academy
Award winning Costume Designer THEODOR PISTEK (Amadeus).
New to the Dune miniseries family are Director GREG YAITANES ("CSI:
Invisible Man"), Director of Photography, ARTHUR REINHART and Emmy
winning Production Designer ONDREJ NEKVASIL (Anne Frank).