With Sicario, Arrival and Blade Runner 2049 to his name, director Denis Villeneuve’s star is definitely on the rise. And for his next trick, he may be the latest director to try to bring Frank Herbert’s unwieldy sci-fi epic book series Dune to the screen.
According to Variety, Legendary’s is seriously considering the Canadian filmmaker for helming the desert planet project. Villeneuve had previously told Variety in September, “A longstanding dream of mine is to adapt Dune, but it’s a long process to get the rights, and I don’t think I will succeed.” So it looks like somebody who has already succeeded had gone to him.
Dune has already been turned into a fascinating but fatally flawed flop movie by David Lynch in 1984, and a couple of prestigious but rather worthy and dull TV miniseries by Syfy (or The Sci Fi Channel as it was back then) back in 2000 and 2003.
This new version – taking a cue from the in-production Dark Tower adaptation – will encompass both movies and a TV series, all of which will be produced by Thomas Tull, Mary Parent and Cale Boyter, with Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert serving as executive producers.
It’s ironic that Villeneuve could be moving from making Blade Runner 2049 to making Dune, as Ridley Scott (in the late ’70s)‚ was involved in one of many, many, many abortive attempts over the years to get a Dune movie made. Is that a bad omen?