Denis Villeneuve is taking a well-deserved break after October’s release of Blade Runner 2049, the acclaimed sequel that arrived in theaters 35 years after the Ridley Scott-helmed original. The sequel was the French-Canadian director’s third film in three years, following the Oscar-nominated Arrival (2016) and Sicario (2015).
The filmmaker is, however, slowly easing into his next undertaking: an adaption of Frank Herbert’s beloved 1965 sci-fi novel Dune. Just don’t expect Villeneuve’s version to take any cues from the 1984 film version directed by David Lynch, though.
“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,” Villeneuve told us during a Facebook Live interview, noting that he was still on his first draft of the screenplay. “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.”
Even Lynch probably would probably agree with that the sentiment: The Mulholland Drive and Twin Peaks creator distanced himself from the critical and box-office disappointment, which starred Kyle MacLachlan and Sting, stating that he never had proper artistic control, or final cut, over the project. (Lynch was the second filmmaker to embark on a cinematic version of Dune, following the famously failed attempt by Alejandro Jodorowsky in the 1970s, which became the subject of a 2013 documentary.)
“It will not have any link with the David Lynch movie,” added Villeneuve, who said he fell in love with the classic novel when he was a teen. “I’m going back to the book, and going to the images that came out when I read it.”
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