Denis Villeneuve planning to direct at least two Dune films.

Denis Villeneuve planning to direct at least two Dune films.

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Director Denis Villeneuve has announced that he plans to bring his version of Frank Herbert's classic sci-fi novel to the big screen within the next 2 years. He has spoken in the past about his own efforts to distill Dune into marketable entertainment, wishing to make it the "Star Wars for adults." He has said that Dune is the movie he's been wanting to make since he was a child, and says that his take would greatly differ from Lynch's version.

"David Lynch did an adaptation in the 80's that has some very strong qualities. I mean, David Lynch is one of the best filmmakers alive, I have massive respect for him. But when I saw his adaptation, I was impressed, but it was not what I had dreamed of, so I’m trying to make the adaptation of my dreams. It will not have any link with the David Lynch movie. I'm going back to the book, and going to the images that came out when I read it."

Dune has notoriously been one of the most challenging novels to adapt to cinema. That said, it has been interpreted twice so far, most famously by David Lynch and the Sci-Fi Channel's (Syfy) TV mini-series that aired in 2000. Another ambitious version by Alejandro Jodorowsky was in the works, but production stagnated and ultimately the movie never came to fruition due to financial reasons.

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3 Fan responses to Denis Villeneuve planning to direct at least two Dune films.

ignorantGuy

Apr-12-2018 9:01 PM

Well, I think that Villeneuve has some pretty strong dreams of grandeur. Yes, he made some good movies (nothing great for me) but he has limited commercial appeal. None of his movies made more than 260 mil, but he thinks he can make something as big as Star Wars from Dune, a series of very fragmented and slow novels and make them justice (in regards to look, feel, complexity etc) ?

I wish him good luck, he will need it.

ignorantGuy

Apr-12-2018 9:04 PM

 Ps. The Image with him and the artwork from Lynch's movie is very ironic in the context that he had imagined something else.

IRaptus

Apr-13-2018 1:31 AM

The Dune saga is simply too large for cinema. The films and mini-series barely scratch the surface and Lynch's adaptation was woeful, and skipped entire (and important) portions of the film. It doesn't even serve as a quick snapshot of major events, like GoT does to the series. 

It needs a dedicated long-running series to have any hope of doing the saga justice. Pity, because the novels are so full of grand scale ideas, vivid and detailed visual descriptions that seem perfect for big budget film.

But the story is just too complex for a 2-3 hour run-time, or even a trilogy.

I'd love nothing more than to see a successful adaption of Dune but cinema is not the answer. 

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