A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct.
Villleneuve can take DUNE wherever he wants. It is a universe rich in possibility. The phrase "visionary director" is bandied about far too often. But in the case of Villeneuve it's a fair assessment of the grandeur of his work.
This is my concept for the gom jabbar - the high handed enemy wielded by the Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam in Frank Herbert's DUNE. It is brandished in the opening pages of the novel. Its use sets the tone for the clinical and terrifying nature of the Bene Gesserit.
I sought to use this one element as a way to explore the Bene Gesserit. They are a timeless and powerful sect in the universe of DUNE. As such any tools they use should reflect this.
This gom jabbar takes elements from many cultures and time periods. It would look equally at home in ancient Mesopotamia as it would in the far off future.
I decided to cast the gom jabbar in copper - a metal used since antiquity which, because of its unique material properties, is crucial to modern technology. It is also a beautiful metal. Highly polished it gleams like the sun. When exposed to the elements it crusts over and becomes organic and blue. When handled by people it looks almost like leather.
The gom jabbar as it would have appeared when given to a Mohiam as a Bene Gesserit initiate. It is polished and has no blemish. It has not been used or tested.
The gom jabbar as it would appear in the film. Mohiam is a Reverend Mother at the peak of her abilities. Her gom jabbar has tested many possible humans.
Thank you for looking at this concept piece.
Mr. Villeneuve, if you see this, let me know what you think!