Denis Villeneuve Says 'Dune' Remake Will Avoid David Lynch's Movie

Thursday, 16 November 2017 - 11:30AM
Dune
Thursday, 16 November 2017 - 11:30AM
Denis Villeneuve Says 'Dune' Remake Will Avoid David Lynch's Movie
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It's tough to remake a movie with the black cloud of "Worst Film Ever Made" hanging over it. But Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve is up to the challenge.  

Villeneuve knows that the comparisons between his Dune and the 1970s David Lynch version are waiting, as are the fans who have been waiting decades for someone to redeem one of the greatest sci-fi stories of all time.

With all this in mind, Villeneuve laid out in an interview with Yahoo! Entertainment that his Dune aims to capture the wonder of the book—and will have absolutely nothing to do with the David Lynch film.

Here are the quotes from Villeneuve:

Opening quote
"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."
Closing quote

After adapting one of sci-fi's greatest short story authors (Ted Chiang's Story of Your Life became the basis for Arrival) and pulling off a sequel to what is arguably the greatest sci-fi film of all time (Blade Runner 2049), Denis Villeneuve seems like the one person who has a strong shot at turning Dune into a successful film.

It's not an easy task, considering that the novel is packed with complex intergalactic politics, ancient messianic prophecies, planetary ecology, and a vocabulary full of bizarre phrases like "gom jabbar," "Bene Gesserit," and "Kwisatz Haderach."

On the other hand, Dune is essentially Game of Thrones in space, complete with sword fights, intrigue, and rival houses vying for control.

There are even analogues to Daenerys taming the dragons: at one point, Paul Atreides and his outlander freedom-fighters come charging over the horizon on the backs of giant sandworms to annihilate an army. So it's got that going for it.

It's important to note that making movies is more than just writing a good screenplay and shooting the scenes. According to Lynch himself, the cracks in the 1970 version of the movie spread slowly and insidiously:

Opening quote
"I started selling out on Dune. Looking back, it's no one's fault but my own. I probably shouldn't have done that picture, but I saw tons and tons of possibilities for things I loved, and this was the structure to do them in. There was so much room to create a world. But I got strong indications from [producers] Raffaella and Dino De Laurentiis of what kind of film they expected, and I knew I didn't have final cut. And little by little—and this is the danger, because it doesn't happen in chunks, it happens in the tiniest little shavings, little sandings—little by little every decision was always made with them in mind and their sort of film. Things I felt I could get away with within their framework. So it was destined to be a failure, to me."
Closing quote


Let's just take a quick look at a scene from the film.



Yeah...yeah.
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