Denis Villeneuve is taking his Dune adaptation very seriously and has announced that it will be at least two movies, possibly more. This should be reassuring news for fans of Frank Herbert's classic sci-fi novel, which is over 400 pages long. While David Lynch's 1984 film has its charms, it really doesn't do the original source material justice and fans have been waiting for over 30 years for a proper adaptation. Villeneuve is one of those fans and says that he wants his version to be the movie that he always envisioned.
Denis Villeneuve appeared at the Rendez-Vous du Cinema Quebecois earlier this week and revealed his plans for his Dune movie. The director did not reveal anything else about the project but did mention that it was going to be quite the undertaking. Villeneuve estimates that it will take a few years to complete. He had this to say.
"Dune will probably take two years to make. The goal is to make two films, maybe more."
The idea of a possible franchise for Dune is definitely exciting and the most news that we've heard about the project since Denis Villeneuve announced that it was going to be like Star Wars for adults. That comment caught some flak from some Star Wars fans, but that's a part of the director's charm. He also previously revealed that the movie will not be anything like David Lynch's 1984 version. Villeneuve explains.
"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."
Blade Runner 2049 was originally going to be cut into two different movies once Denis Villeneuve had made a four-hour edit. However, Warner Bros. had other ideas and it was decided to cut the movie down to one two-hour feature length movie. The movie was a hit with critics and most fans, but it didn't perform at the box office like the studio had hoped it would. Dune will be a different story and it will be interesting to see what Villeneuve has in his head.
Alejandro Jodorowsky attempted to make Dune in the 1970s but the movie fell apart despite the intense amount of work that went into it. A lot of the original designs from Jodorowsky have become iconic over the years, but Denis Villeneuve will not be using any of that material for his upcoming adaptation because he believes that it would be "arrogant" of him to borrow any of those ideas. Two or more Dune movies are certainly a good place to start. The original report came from The Playlist.