Thankfully, Villeneuve’s Dune won’t be anything like the previous attempt.
“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 Yahoo! during a Facebook Live interview, while admitting 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.”
It will not have any link with the David Lynch movie,” Villeneuve, who said he’s been a fan of the novel since he was a teenager, said. “I’m going back to the book, and going to the images that came out when I read it.”
Okay, sure, it’s no 007, but a Villeneuve-led Dune could be pretty impressive. The novel is set in a distant future where the galaxy is set up as an interstellar feudal system where noble houses rule over individual planets. However, such an undertaking does not come without risk.
Blade Runner 2049 is a gorgeous masterpiece that aspires to be more than just your average sci-fi blockbuster as it grapples with serious thematic material in a cerebral and meticulous manner. It’s also a huge box office flop that needed to clear $400 million to be considered a win and has grossed just $248 million, putting into question the future of the thinking blockbuster. You can see how a new version of Dune could fall into the same trap.