How 'Star Wars' ripped off 'Dune'

Quite a few people believe that George Lucas ripped off Frank Herbert's sci-fi universe. So does Herbert himself.

Photo collage of Timothee Chalamet and Mark Hamill in their roles in Dune and Star Wars, respectively. There is a watercolour painting of a desert in the background, and engravings of lamprey mouths.
Art does not exist in a vacuum. But how much imitation is too much?
(Image credit: Illustration by Julia Wytrazek / Alamy)

Denis Villeneuve's "Dune: Part Two" revived a slumping box office at the beginning of March and has been heralded as a generally impressive book-to-film translation. Adapting the first installment in Frank Herbert's six-part science fiction series about political struggles on a desert planet proved to be a righteous challenge. But the epic cinematic journey likely appeared strikingly familiar to "Star Wars" fans, seeing as George Lucas' massively successful film franchise is also a sci-fi series about political struggles partially set on a desert planet. As it turns out, that is no accident. Quite a few people believe that "Star Wars" ripped off Herbert's "Dune" universe — including Herbert himself. 

The proof is in the similarities  

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