Eric Roth, Dune’s Oscar-winning screenwriter, writes all of his screenplays using a 30-year-old MS-DOS program called Movie Master.
Eric Roth, the Oscar-winning screenwriter behind Dune, wrote the script for the film using a 30-year-old MS-DOS program. Besides the recently released sci-fi epic, Roth is known as the screenwriter behind Forrest Gump, for which he won an Oscar in 1994, along with his other Oscar nominated scripts, The initiate, Munich, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and A star is born (2018). His most recent screenplay, Flower Moon Killers, is currently in post-production by director Martin Scorsese.
To adapt Frank Herbert’s 1965 sci-fi novel, Roth worked with fellow screenwriter Jon Spaihts (Prometheus, Doctor strange), and their work has been masterfully embodied by director Denis Villeneuve. Dune Also brought in a cast of talented actors who skillfully handled the script from Spaihts and Roth, including 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 a significant number of streams on HBO Max.
Now, thanks to information recently uncovered by Vice, we know that Roth wrote the 2021 one Dune using software known as Movie Master, a 30-year-old MS-DOS program that he actually uses for all of his scripts. Roth has previously defended his choice of software, saying “It’s half superstition and half afraid of change. However, the program also assists Roth through the scriptwriting process, as his memory can only hold 40 pages, which naturally separates the script into action.
While Roth’s choice of tech might sound silly, which it arguably is, it fits Herbert’s world somewhat. Dune, where all supercomputers and intelligent robots have been banned. Instead, all of the complex calculations are handled by specially trained humans called Mentats. While most modern screenwriters have moved on to programs like Final Draft, Herbert would likely identify with Roth’s penchant for the old ways.
With Dune: part two Having recently been given the green light, Roth will soon be dusting off his DOS machine (if he hasn’t already) to begin adapting the second half of Herbert’s novel. Roth and Spaihts may have a bigger challenge ahead of them this time around, as Part 2 is expected to be exponentially bigger and faster with Lady Jessica from Ferguson, Chani from Zendaya, Stilgar from Bardem, and Beast Rabban from Bautista all ready for bigger roles. Key figures like Emperor Shaddam IV and Feyd-Rautha will also need to be featured. With the second part of Dune now officially in development, hopefully Roth’s DOS machine is up to the task.
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