Director Denis Villeneuve has been on a sci-fi film roll lately: his work on the Amy Adams-led ‘Arrival‘ was widely hailed and earned several award nominations, and the recently-released ‘Blade Runner 2049‘ won over critics and was widely praised, even if audiences didn’t quite “get it,” it seems. He’s a worthy pick, then, to helm the new adaptation of a film that has been notoriously difficult to bring back to the big screen: ‘Dune,’ based on Frank Herbert’s epic science fiction novel of the same name.
While a litany of other directors have been attached to a ‘Dune’ film, both before and after the 1984 film version that was brought to the screen by David Lynch, Villeneuve has been tasked with the job. In a recent interview, he spoke about the previous cinematic version and how his film will be different:
“David Lynch did an adaptation in the ’80s 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.”
Villeneuve was adamant, however, that audiences can expect to see aspects in his film that are original to the 400-plus page 1965 novelized work:
“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.”
Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’ does not have a release date as of yet, but we will certainly keep you posted as production with the film develops.