Denis Villeneuve Is Confirmed as the Director of the New 'Dune' Movie

Wednesday, 01 February 2017 - 3:06PM
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 - 3:06PM
Denis Villeneuve Is Confirmed as the Director of the New 'Dune' Movie
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Fresh off an Academy Award nomination for his direction of Arrival, Denis Villeneuve has agreed to helm the long-awaited film reboot of Frank Herbert's sci-fi masterpiece Dune. This is, of course, meant to happen after Villeneuve finishes bringing back another sci-fi classic, Blade Runner

The success of Arrival (not to mention films like Prisoners and Sicario) has vaulted Villeneuve to the top of the list when it comes to bankable directors, and it looks like he's using his newfound success and capital to tackle projects that raise the stakes even further. It's a daunting prospect considering that the anticipation for Villeneuve's current project with sci-fi master Ridley Scott, Blade Runner: 2049, is following up what is arguably one of the greatest sci-fi films of all time.

The anticipation for Dune, however, may rival even a Blade Runner sequel. Dune has suffered tumultuous fits and starts, with various adaptions and ideas coming and going and only David Lynch's attempt seeing the light of day—though the movie wasn't nearly the success all involved hoped it would be. But now, armed with the backing of the Herbert family (as evidenced by the official announcement coming from Frank Herbert's son Brian) and decades of hindsight, Villeneuve has everything he needs to ensure that the spice will flow.

The real question is whether there will there be a Sting or Patrick Stewart cameo. Here they were in the 1984 version:



Between the cheesy dialogue and Sting jumping around like he's doing a bad floor routine, it's pretty easy to see why David Lynch's Dune has been called one of the worst movies of all time. Villeneuve has his work cut out for him.
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