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Denis Villeneuve in talks to direct new adaptation of Dune

12.21.2016

I was a mess of tears by the end of writer/director Denis Villeneuve's THE ARRIVAL. While the aliens were essentially gritty reboots of the Tralfamadorians from SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE, the ideas expressed about time, moments, life, communication, and learning, were all put together so well and thoughtfully that I couldn't help but be emotionally overwhelmed.

This is all to say that after watching THE ARRIVAL, I am down for any film Villeneuve makes from here on out. This includes BLADE RUNNER 2049, and his upcoming new adaptation of Frank Herbert's seminal sci-fi novel DUNE, which according to Variety he's in early talks for. This comes just months after he revealed that DUNE was one of his dream projects

For those of you who don't know, here's the official synopsis for the novel:

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 the 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.

And that's just the tip of the iceberg. The first book alone is like a million-gajillion pages.

The book was also famously directed by David Lynch in 1984 (who passed up directing RETURN OF THE JEDI to work on it). While it has gained cult status in the ensuing years, that film was known as a commercial and critical flop. I personally that it's a beautiful and well-acted film that just has major pacing and exposition problems. But your mileage may vary.

Anyway, I can't wait. I think that he might be the perfect person to do it, as he knows how to stage action (i.e. SICARIO), but is also thoughtful and mindful of character. He may not be Jodorowsky, but then again, who is?

But what about you Schmoes? You down for this news? And what's your opinion on Lynch's adaptation? Sound off below!

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Extra Tidbit: One of the cuts of David Lynch's DUNE was one of the times "Alan Smithee" was actually utilized.
Source: Variety

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10:05PM on 12/21/2016

Couldn't finish the original

I couldn't finish Lynch's adaptation because it was too weird for my taste (and I'm a guy who likes movies by Lars Von Trier), but anything Villenenuve attaches his name to I'm immediately excited.
I couldn't finish Lynch's adaptation because it was too weird for my taste (and I'm a guy who likes movies by Lars Von Trier), but anything Villenenuve attaches his name to I'm immediately excited.
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9:32PM on 12/21/2016

Yes!

Yes yes everything about this yes! My dream is to have Dune adapted as a series like Game of Thrones, but if they insist on a feature film, this is great news.
Yes yes everything about this yes! My dream is to have Dune adapted as a series like Game of Thrones, but if they insist on a feature film, this is great news.
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10:57AM on 12/22/2016
Did you see the mini series?
Did you see the mini series?
9:16PM on 12/21/2016
Villeneuve is one of the best directors working today and is a genius and I will watch anything the man directs; this will be no exception.
Villeneuve is one of the best directors working today and is a genius and I will watch anything the man directs; this will be no exception.
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7:53PM on 12/21/2016
I'm a big fan of Denis, but his last film was an overrated flatline.
Interesting to see what he does with Blade Runner. Especially after The Arrival
I'm a big fan of Denis, but his last film was an overrated flatline.
Interesting to see what he does with Blade Runner. Especially after The Arrival
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6:21PM on 12/21/2016
Loved Arrival; loved Sicario. Villeneuve is a rising talent and I can't wait for his Blade Runner sequel. I read Dune many, many years ago. I remember enjoying it, but don't remember much about it. I never saw Lynch's version, but I'd love to see what Villeneuve can do with the material. I might need to revisit the book if he does decide to adapt it.
Loved Arrival; loved Sicario. Villeneuve is a rising talent and I can't wait for his Blade Runner sequel. I read Dune many, many years ago. I remember enjoying it, but don't remember much about it. I never saw Lynch's version, but I'd love to see what Villeneuve can do with the material. I might need to revisit the book if he does decide to adapt it.
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4:40PM on 12/21/2016
Great director, but ARRIVAL is one of the most overrated movies in the history of EVER! The fucking aliens were so lame. They show up, can't communicate, and just leave. It was similar to Contact, but Contact was a hell of a lot more entertaining.
Great director, but ARRIVAL is one of the most overrated movies in the history of EVER! The fucking aliens were so lame. They show up, can't communicate, and just leave. It was similar to Contact, but Contact was a hell of a lot more entertaining.
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5:18PM on 12/21/2016
"They show up, can't communicate, and just leave."
That's not what happened in ARRIVAL. If you thought that's what the Heptapods did, you might have fallen asleep or stopped paying attention. But that's not what happened in the movie.
"They show up, can't communicate, and just leave."
That's not what happened in ARRIVAL. If you thought that's what the Heptapods did, you might have fallen asleep or stopped paying attention. But that's not what happened in the movie.
5:42PM on 12/21/2016
You're right they shoulda blowed stuff up real good!
You're right they shoulda blowed stuff up real good!
5:52PM on 12/21/2016
although i found it interesting i must agree it was overated...it was a good movie but not fantastic like
Contact was..
although i found it interesting i must agree it was overated...it was a good movie but not fantastic like
Contact was..
8:01PM on 12/21/2016
The most overrated movie of the year by far. And I'm a huge fan.

The glowing reviews remind me of the type awful Bond films (Skyfall) typically get. ... like paid for.
The most overrated movie of the year by far. And I'm a huge fan.

The glowing reviews remind me of the type awful Bond films (Skyfall) typically get. ... like paid for.
10:58AM on 12/22/2016
rp2011 thank you for saying Skyfall is overrated. Thought I was the only one
rp2011 thank you for saying Skyfall is overrated. Thought I was the only one
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4:26PM on 12/21/2016

YEs

hope for the best.
hope for the best.
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