Frank Herbert’s 1965 classic sci-fi novel Dune is getting another movie adaptation, and director Denis Villenueve claims his version will be completely different from David Lynch’s 1984 take.
Lynch’s Dune is known as his weakest directorial attempt (to be fair, he’s done Mulholland Drive, Blue Velvet, and Twin Peaks), though through no fault of his own, producers took the film out of his hands during editing and the experience turned him off working big budget studio movies. He disowned the film and rarely speaks of it in interviews. Agree to disagree, it’s one of my favorite movies.
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With Villeneuve attached to the new adaptation, he’s determined to have a vision all his own. A huge fan of Herbert’s novel, he’s currently working on the script for the newest version, starting from scratch and taking inspiration from the book itself.
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. 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 work has been notable as of recent, directing acclaimed films like Arrival, Enemy, and Blade Runner 2049, so Dune should be right up his wheelhouse.
Despite his fantastic credentials, Dune is a notoriously difficult adaptation – Peter Berg and Pierre Morel both spent years trying to adapt a new version, and Ridley Scott and Alejandro Jodorowsky attempted even before Lynch’s 1984 film. With the number of characters and the sheer scope of the story, Dune is a Moby Dick of its own. Hey, if they can do it with Game of Thrones, they can do it with Dune. But to be fair, Game of Thrones has 70+ hours of film. So maybe Dune should be a TV series? Just spitballing here.
The newest adaptation of Dune doesn’t have a release date yet, but I’ll definitely be first in line when it comes out.
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