Director Denis Villeneuve has recently sat down to share a bit on what we can expect from his adaptation on Frank Herbert’s classic tale of ‘Dune‘. Villeneuve has proven that he can give us a deep science fiction tale with his takes on ‘Arrival’ and ‘Blade Runner 2049′, so to see someone as adept as he working on the project had me excited. So far we’ve been given both a film and mini-series based off this iconic novel and while each was good in their own ways, neither was truly able to capture the spirit of the book and successfully deliver it to a wide audience.
Fans of ‘Dune’ know that George Lucas took many of the concepts from the novel and incorporated it into ‘Star Wars.’ In an interview with Fandom, Villeneuve realizes that moviegoers will be some familiarity between the two films:
“Most of the main ideas of Star Wars are coming from Dune, so it’s going to be a challenge to [tackle] this. The ambition is to do the Star Wars movie I never saw. In a way, it’s Star Wars for adults. We’ll see.”
Prior to David Lynch’s version, it is well known that Alejandro Jodorowsky had been attempting to adapt the work. While it has never seen the light of day, fans of Jodorowsky have seen teases of it for years, and one has to wonder if any of his stylings could make it into this iteration of the film:
“No, because Jodorowsky is a very unique visionary. He has a very strong, unique vision. I am a total different human being. It would be very presumptuous and arrogant for me to try. I would love to talk to him. I’ve wanted to meet him for a long time. I think he’s a fantastic filmmaker and I would have loved to see his Dune. I think it would be a very singular Jodorowsky movie. Will it have been the vision I have for Dune? Very far away. I mean, I am sure because he is so unique.”
Right now, Villeneuve’s idea for the film is to start from the very first book. After that, things get fuzzy as many fans and studios might steer away from material contained in the subsequent sequels. However, Villeneuve states that he could be involved with one or two ‘Dune’ movies which give us some hope for more films.
As exciting as this idea is, Villeneuve does deliver a substantial warning about expectation which seems practical in today’s industry where directors and writers get changed around with scheduling delays and more:
“Today you’re asking me this question about a project that doesn’t exist yet. I’m used to talking about projects when they’re shot, finished, I’m in the editing room, I’m about to release the movie. Then you talk about something real. Right now, I might in three weeks or two months learn that nobody agrees on a screenplay, it will be with someone else. It can happen. And when the movie will be made? It’s all theory right now.”
This is one theory I really hope ends up proven to be a reality in our futures. Watching a solid story that gives us the transformation from Paul Atreides into Muad’Dib is the one movie that tops my wish list of things to see. Villeneuve seems to feel the same way as he has previously stated that this would be “the project of my life.”
Do you hope that Denis Villeneuve gets to realize his vision for ‘Dune’? Are you excited that he might even be prepared to do a couple of films for the series? Share your thoughts below!