Timothée Chalamet and a couple of his fellow Dune cast are the cover stars of SFX issue 344, which is now in the shops. It's our first issue in a good while to come with cover-mounted gifts, being bagged with a double-sided A1 poster for David Lynch's Dune movie (a vintage poster image on one side, new art for Arrow Video's 4K release on the reverse), plus a set of four art cards with concept art from the 1984 film. Those aren't the only bonuses either, as the page count gets a boost up to 116 pages. Whoop! Below we run down the highlights of the issue; alternatively, you can get a feel for the contents by skimming through this digital preview.
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Denis Villeneuve's stunning take on the classic Frank Herbert novel is the focus of our lead feature, an epic 16-pager so immersive that once you've finished reading you'll probably need to tip the sand out of your shoes. Oh, and in an accompanying four-page retrospective, we look back at the Sci Fi Channel Dune mini-series aired back in 2000, speaking to director John Harrison.
Star Wars: Visions
This new anthology series, comprised of nine unconnected shorts, has let Japanese animation studios play in George Lucas's sandpit, giving them the leeway to create out-of-canon stories in a variety of styles. We find out all about it from the producers.
No Time To Die
Daniel Craig's final mission as 007 has finally escaped from its rescheduling time loop (though that's probably cursed it…). We strap director Cary Joji Fukunaga to a chair and threaten to whip his undercarriage until we get some answers. Craig and co-stars Lashana Lynch, Rami Malek and Léa Seydoux join in too. With giving answers, that is, not the bollock-thrashing.
Got ourselves a lyin', talkin', reapin', stalkin' living doll… Much as we loved the recent reboot movie, we're also pleased to see Don Mancini back at the helm for a new Chucky TV series. We speak to the Child's Play creator – and Chucky himself, aka Brad Dourif.
What with its cannibalistic sex ghosts and giant cockroaches, this must be the most nutzoid comic book series out there, and it's back soon! We ask showrunner Jeremy Carver quite how mental season three gets, and speak to new cast member Michelle "Missy" Gomez (who's thrilled to finally have her own time machine!)
Star Trek: Enterprise
(Russell Watson voice): ♫ It's been a long time, getting from there to here… ♫ Just shy of 20 years, in fact, since Enterprise debuted. To mark the occasion, we look back with co-creator Brannon Braga at some of the series' highs and l… well, generally the highs actually, we were too diplomatic to bring up "Threshold" or the pineapple cake subplot.
And that's not all, features-wise: we also preview forthcoming Doctor Who spinoff comic Gods and Monsters; look back at Aliens via an archive interview with Sigourney Weaver; chat with David Morrissey about series three of Britannia; profile Aussie novelist Jay Kristoff; and get Jasper Fforde to fill out our author questionnaire.
And the big features are just the tip of the iceberg! As ever, our news section, Red Alert, is crammed with insights into yet more movies, TV shows, comics and books. In the spotlight this month: Apple's take on Asimov classic Foundation; animated Witcher prequel Nightmare Of The World; the TV adaptation of classic comic Y: the Last Man; James Wan horror Malignant; the Back to the Future musical; season two of See; season three of What We Do in the Shadows, app chiller Come Play, and graphic novel Batman: The World.
The SFX verdict on Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings kicks off 25 pages of searing critical analysis, as we inform you which of the latest films, TV shows, books, comics, audio plays, and video games are worth your time/hard-earned cash!
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