Even though Denis Villeneuve made his name as the director of suspense and crime-thriller films like ‘Prisoners’ and ‘Sicario,’ the man is no stranger to science fiction. His newest film, the Jeremy Renner and Amy Adams-led first-contact story ‘Arrival,’ is set to his theaters in just a few months, and next up on his directorial docket is the sequel to ‘Blade Runner,’ with an all-star cast of Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto, Harrison Ford, Dave Bautista, Robin Wright, and more.
So yes – he likes the outer-space and futuristic stuff. And he’s certainly heading directly into more high-profile territory with his productions. But there’s another sci-fi franchise that has caught his eye, one that most fans can’t believe hasn’t gotten it’s fair due on the big screen. In a recent interview with Variety, Villeneuve explained it all:
“I had been wanting to do sci-fi for a very long time. 2001: A Space Odyssey is a movie that really impressed me as a teenager. And also Blade Runner. And Close Encounters of the Third Kind is also one of my favorites. I’m always looking for sci-fi material, and it’s difficult to find original and strong material that’s not just about weaponry. A longstanding dream of mine is to adapt Dune, but it’s a long process to get the rights, and I don’t think I will succeed. Also I would love to write something myself. I have two [sci-fi] projects right now that are in very stages. It’s too early to talk about them.”
First released in novel form in 1965, ‘Dune’ is an epic space saga that spans five original sequel novels, a underwhelming 1984 motion picture, and televised mini-series produced in 2000 and 2003, in addition to a slew of board games, graphic novels, and more. The original work, written by Frank Herbert, is often cited as the best-selling sci-fi novel of all time.
The film rights to ‘Dune’ are likely tangled up by Universal Pictures and other companies, but it sure would be nice to see a more faithful version of the film, perhaps even a series, come to life. For now, it’s a fanboy’s dream, but you never know what the future holds…
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