The latest and highly-anticipated adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune novel is almost upon us and director Denis Villeneuve has reflected on his experience of watching David Lynch’s 1984 adaptation for the first time.
In an interview with Empire, Villeneuve stated that while he is a fan of David Lynch’s work, parts of his Dune adaptation left him “half-satisfied” – which led Villeneuve to believe that there was room for another Dune movie.
“I’m a big David Lynch fan, he’s the master. When I saw [Lynch’s] Dune I remember being excited, but his take… there are parts that I love and other elements that I am less comfortable with. So it’s like, I remember being half-satisfied. That’s why I was thinking to myself, ‘There’s still a movie that needs to be made about that book, just a different sensibility.’”
One of the problems with Lynch’s version is the film attempted to adapt the entire 600 page novel of Dune into one film, while Denis Villeneuve’s version of Dune will potentially have two parts, the first of which will cover just half of the novel. The second part will seemingly depend on the reception and box office performance of the first instalment, which will hit both theaters and HBO Max on October 22nd.
A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, “Dune” tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence—a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential—only those who can conquer their fear will survive.
Dune is directed by Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049) and sees Timothee Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name) leading the cast alongside Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible – Fallout), Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Dave Bautista (Avengers: Infinity War), Stellan Skarsgard (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again), Charlotte Rampling (Red Sparrow), Zendaya (Spider-Man: Far From Home), Javier Bardem (Loving Pablo), Jason Momoa (Aquaman), Josh Brolin (Avengers: Endgame), Stephen McKinley Henderson (Fences), Sharon Duncan-Brewster (Sex Education), and Chang Chen (The Assassin).