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‘Dune’ screenplay was written using 30-yr-old software

Published : 27 Oct 2021 07:57 PM | Updated : 28 Oct 2021 02:49 PM

Eric Roth, the Oscar-winning screenwriter behind ‘Dune’, wrote the film's screenplay using a 30-year-old MS-DOS program. Other than the recently released sci-fi epic, Roth is known as the screenwriter behind ‘Forrest Gump’, for which he won an Academy Award in 1994, along with his other Oscar-nominated scripts, ‘The Insider’, ‘Munich’, ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’, and ‘A Star Is Born’ (2018). His most recent screenplay, ‘Killers of the Flowers Moon’, is currently in post-production from director Martin Scorsese.

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To adapt Frank Herbert's seminal science-fiction novel from 1965, Roth worked with fellow screenwriter Jon Spaihts (‘Prometheus’, ‘Doctor Strange’), and their work was brought to life masterfully by director Denis Villeneuve. ‘Dune’ also tapped a talented troupe of actors who handled Spaihts and Roth's script with deft, most notably Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Jason Momoa, Stellan Skarsgård, Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Dave Bautista, and Zendaya. During its opening weekend, the film grossed $41 million at the box office coupled with sizable streaming numbers on HBO Max.

Now, thanks to information recently uncovered by Vice, it is known that Roth wrote 2021's ‘Dune’ using software known as Movie Master, a 30-year-old MS-DOS program which he actually uses for all his screenplays. Roth previously defended his choice of software, saying “It’s half superstition and half fear of change.” Though, the program also assists Roth throughout the screenwriting process since its memory can only hold 40 pages, which naturally separates the script into acts.   -Screen Rant

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