Having tackled Ridley Scott’s neon-soaked future Los Angeles with last year’s Blade Runner 2049, director Denis Villeneuve is currently prepping his next sci-fi epic as he explores the world of Frank Herbert’s Dune.
The dense source material has proven to be notoriously difficult to adapt for the screen, as the likes of Alejandro Jodorowsky and Ridley Scott both discovered with their failed attempts, while David Lynch was far from satisfied with his own 1984 version starring Kyle MacLachlan.
Attending the Montreal film festival Rendez-Vous du Cinéma Québécois, Villeneuve has briefly touched upon how he intends on doing justice to Herbert’s story, stating that: “Dune will probably take two years to make. The goal is to make two films, maybe more.”
Villeneuve – who has previously described a Dune movie as “a longstanding dream of mine” – previously flirted with the idea of splitting Blade Runner 2049 into two parts after delivering a four hour rough cut. Given that the final film came in for some criticism for its lengthy running time – even producer Ridley Scott said it was “fucking way too long” – splitting Dune in two is probably a wise move on Villeneuve’s part.