News: Denis Villeneuve Is Planning At Least Two Dune Films

Perhaps one of the most exciting things happening in science fiction film right now is the fact that Denis Villeneuve is rebooting Dune for the cinema.

Since the maligned David Lynch version and a made for television series, Dune has been missing from the public eye for a long time. Now, the mastermind behind Arrival and Blade Runner 2049 is stepping into the project headlong and seems to be excited about the prospects the film holds. He'll be taking visual cues from the original source material as he adapts it to his own style and vision. Eric Roth is in charge of scripting the feature. He's previously worked on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Forrest Gump

In a recent interview with Playlist, Villeneuve teased his grand plans at Rendez-Vous du Cinema Quebecois.

 “Dune will probably take two years to make,” he told the crowd this week at Montreal’s Place des Arts’ Théâtre Maisonneuve. “The goal is to make two films, maybe more.” 

This should be great news for Dune fans, as the original book is massive and there were concerns about adapting it into just one film. When previously discussing the project with Fandom, Villeneuve also had this to say:

“Most of the main ideas of Star Wars are coming from Dune so it’s going to be a challenge to [tackle] this. The ambition is to do the Star Wars movie I never saw. In a way, it’s Star Wars for adults. We’ll see.”

“Set in the distant future, “Dune” tells the story of Paul Atreides, whose family accepts control of the desert planet Arrakis. As the only producer of a highly valuable resource, control of Arrakis is highly contested among competing noble families. After Paul and his family are betrayed, the story explores themes of politics, religion, and man’s relationship to nature as Paul leads a rebellion to restore his family’s control of Arrakis.”