Director Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049, Arrival) is staying on a science fiction path. Thank the God Emperor! He announced, during his appearance at Rendez-Vous du Cinema Quebecois this week, that he will be giving Dune not just one new film, but “two films, maybe more.”
Villeneuve teased the live audience with his announcement, but didn’t go into further detail about plans for the franchise. He has previously been very candid about his love for the Frank Herbert 1965 novel. As Indiewire reports, he confessed in a 2016 interview that while he had great respect for the 1984 David Lynch version, “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.”
All of this is excellent news for Dune fans. It is well-known that Dune is a dense book at over 400 pages, and an incredibly complex universe. One of the biggest problems with the 1984 film, for many, is that it just wasn’t able to tell the complete story in one movie. Multiple movies would most definitely solve that problem. And, in Villeneuve’s very capable fan-boy hands, the possibilities are endless!
We’ll keep you updated on further Dune developments. Do not fear. Fear is the mind-killer.