Denis Villeneuve says he’s now making two Dune movies, actually

Suggesting the sort of potential bloat that inevitably leads to people floating around a ballroom, ripping out people’s heart plugs and screaming about “he who controls the spice,” director Denis Villeneuve has announced that his upcoming Dune movie is expanding into at least a second film. Speaking in front of a crowd

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Suggesting the sort of potential bloat that inevitably leads to people floating around a ballroom, ripping out people’s heart plugs and screaming about “he who controls the spice,” director Denis Villeneuve has announced that his upcoming Dune movie is expanding into at least a second film. Speaking in front of a crowd

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Denis Villeneuve Is Planning At Least Two ‘Dune’ Films, If Not More: ‘It Will Probably Take Two Years to Make’

Villeneuve is moving on from “Blade Runner 2049” and gearing up for what sounds like a massive adaptation of “Dune.”

With “Blade Runner 2049” behind him, Denis Villeneuve is gearing up for “Dune” and he isn’t hiding the fact he has some big plans in store for his adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel. The director appeared at the Rendez-Vous du Cinema Quebecois this week (via The Playlist) where he revealed to the audience that “Dune” is going to be more than just a one-off tentpole.

“’Dune’ will probably take two years to make,” Villeneuve said. “The goal is to make two films, maybe more.”

The franchise plans are all Villeneuve is willing to tease right now, but multiple films sounds fitting considering Herbert’s novel is over 400 pages and incredibly dense. David Lynch’s infamous 1984 adaptation struggled to tell the entire story in just over two hours. As The Playlist notes, there’s a significant time jump in the middle of “Dune,” which would more or less be the ideal place to split the film adaptation into two parts. Warner Bros. did something similar with their “It” movie adaptation.

Villeneuve flirted with a similar plan on “Blade Runner 2049” when the assembly cut came in over the four-hour mark. Instead of releasing “2049” in two parts, Villeneuve and Warner Bros. decided to cut down the film into a single theatrical release. The director has referred to “Dune” as the movie he’s been wanting to make since he was a child. He previously warned that his take would greatly differ from Lynch’s version.

“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 said in November 2016. “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. I’m going back to the book, and going to the images that came out when I read it.”

No casting or release info has been set for “Dune.” The film will keep Villeneuve in the science-fiction drama after “Arrival” and “2049.”

Denis Villeneuve says he can’t get away with making another “art house movie” like Blade Runner 2049

Denis Villenueve’s latest film, Blade Runner 2049 was a mixed success; critically praised, the film failed to do much at all at the U.S. box office. (European audiences were more kind.) Just in case you needed a reminder that, in Hollywood, you’re only as good as your last picture, though, Villeneuve—whose previous…

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Denis Villenueve’s latest film, Blade Runner 2049 was a mixed success; critically praised, the film failed to do much at all at the U.S. box office. (European audiences were more kind.) Just in case you needed a reminder that, in Hollywood, you’re only as good as your last picture, though, Villeneuve—whose previous…

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Shots fired: Denis Villeneuve says his Dune will be “Star Wars for adults”

Today, in “You come at the Emperor, you best not miss” news: Director Denis Villeneuve—whose recent sci-fi film credentials are pretty impeccable, given the critical response to Arrival and Blade Runner 2049—has taken some stabs at the massive, unstoppable Star Wars franchise. Talking to Fandom, Villeneuve painted the…

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Today, in “You come at the Emperor, you best not miss” news: Director Denis Villeneuve—whose recent sci-fi film credentials are pretty impeccable, given the critical response to Arrival and Blade Runner 2049—has taken some stabs at the massive, unstoppable Star Wars franchise. Talking to Fandom, Villeneuve painted the…

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‘Blade Runner 2049’ Director Denis Villeneuve Says His ‘Dune’ Movie Will Be ‘Star Wars for Adults’

There’s been a lot of back and forth among the nerds over the past several decades about who the target audience for the “Star Wars” movies is. A lot of the more hardcore fans take issue with the idea that they’re for kids, because those fans tend to be, when they’re arguing about this, not themselves be kids.

Not that I particularly want to re-open that discussion right here. Instead, I’ll let “Blade Runner 2049” and “Arrival” director Denis Villeneuve do it for me. In discussing his upcoming “Dune” project with Fandom, he said his plan for that film will be to make a “‘Star Wars’ for adults.”

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

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Of course, Villeneuve also points out that the “Dune” project is still in its infancy and may not happen at all or might end up going forward with a different director.

“Today you’re asking me this question about a project that doesn’t exist yet. I’m used to talking about projects when they’re shot, finished, I’m in the editing room, I’m about to release the movie. Then you talk about something real,” Villeneuve said. “Right now, I might in three weeks or two months learn that nobody agrees on a screenplay, it will be with someone else. It can happen. And when the movie will be made? It’s all theory right now.”

And with “Dune” you certainly never know. Pretty much at any given moment in the past 40 years or so somebody has been trying to put together an adaptation of the Frank Herbert classic novel series, but a big screen version has only happened once, with David Lynch’s 1984 flick with Kyle MacLachlan. Prior to that, Alejandro Jodorowsky’s attempt to make a “Dune” movie in the mid-70s is one of Hollywood’s most famous aborted projects.

Also Read: 10 Plot Threads ‘The Force Awakens’ Set Up that ‘The Last Jedi’ Blew Off

Syfy also put together a pair of “Dune” mini-series in the early Aughts, covering the first three “Dune” books, but despite record ratings for the network they haven’t been able to go any further since. In more modern times, Paramount tried to get a Peter Berg-helmed “Dune” off the ground but it never materialized.

So there’s plenty of reason to be skeptical about the future of the project. That said, Villeneuve did just manage to successfully revive “Blade Runner” after that property lay dormant for more than three decades, so maybe he’s got a better shot at this than everyone else. But, anyway, if it does happen — rest assured that it’ll be “‘Star Wars’ for adults.” Finally.

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There’s been a lot of back and forth among the nerds over the past several decades about who the target audience for the “Star Wars” movies is. A lot of the more hardcore fans take issue with the idea that they’re for kids, because those fans tend to be, when they’re arguing about this, not themselves be kids.

Not that I particularly want to re-open that discussion right here. Instead, I’ll let “Blade Runner 2049” and “Arrival” director Denis Villeneuve do it for me. In discussing his upcoming “Dune” project with Fandom, he said his plan for that film will be to make a “‘Star Wars’ for adults.”

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

Of course, Villeneuve also points out that the “Dune” project is still in its infancy and may not happen at all or might end up going forward with a different director.

“Today you’re asking me this question about a project that doesn’t exist yet. I’m used to talking about projects when they’re shot, finished, I’m in the editing room, I’m about to release the movie. Then you talk about something real,” Villeneuve said. “Right now, I might in three weeks or two months learn that nobody agrees on a screenplay, it will be with someone else. It can happen. And when the movie will be made? It’s all theory right now.”

And with “Dune” you certainly never know. Pretty much at any given moment in the past 40 years or so somebody has been trying to put together an adaptation of the Frank Herbert classic novel series, but a big screen version has only happened once, with David Lynch’s 1984 flick with Kyle MacLachlan. Prior to that, Alejandro Jodorowsky’s attempt to make a “Dune” movie in the mid-70s is one of Hollywood’s most famous aborted projects.

Syfy also put together a pair of “Dune” mini-series in the early Aughts, covering the first three “Dune” books, but despite record ratings for the network they haven’t been able to go any further since. In more modern times, Paramount tried to get a Peter Berg-helmed “Dune” off the ground but it never materialized.

So there’s plenty of reason to be skeptical about the future of the project. That said, Villeneuve did just manage to successfully revive “Blade Runner” after that property lay dormant for more than three decades, so maybe he’s got a better shot at this than everyone else. But, anyway, if it does happen — rest assured that it’ll be “‘Star Wars’ for adults.” Finally.

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5 Reasons 'Blade Runner 2049' Failed to Boot Up at Box Office

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Why ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Was Denis Villeneuve’s “Most Challenging Artistic Journey” Of His Life

Canadian director Denis Villeneuve makes character-driven, darkly arresting, eclectic material that both perplexes and amazes simultaneously. And for quite some time, they were the type of arthouse pieces that typically begin their cinematic journeys at the Cannes Film Festival. But he was given the opportunity to lend his cinematic sensibilities to a larger sci-fi spectacle with Blade Runner 2049, the sequel to Ridley Scott‘s 35-year-old classic Blade Runner. It’s an…

Canadian director Denis Villeneuve makes character-driven, darkly arresting, eclectic material that both perplexes and amazes simultaneously. And for quite some time, they were the type of arthouse pieces that typically begin their cinematic journeys at the Cannes Film Festival. But he was given the opportunity to lend his cinematic sensibilities to a larger sci-fi spectacle with Blade Runner 2049, the sequel to Ridley Scott's 35-year-old classic Blade Runner. It's an…

Denis Villeneuve Would’ve Loved to Direct Bond 25, But Nothing Will Get in the Way of ‘Dune’

We almost got very close to seeing a 007 movie envisioned by Denis Villeneuve.

Despite having star Daniel Craig locked in to return and a November 2019 release date already set, the next James Bond film is still without a confirmed director. Reports broke last summer that the frontrunners to direct Bond 25 were Denis Villeneuve, Yann Demange, and David Mackenzie, with the former being Craig’s personal choice to replace “Skyfall” and “Spectre” director Sam Mendes. Unfortunately, we officially remove Villeneuve’s name from the consideration list.

The director is fresh off the critical acclaim of “Blade Runner 2049” and is quickly moving on to his passion project, an adaptation of Frank Herbert’s landmark science-fiction novel “Dune.” Villeneuve admits to ScreenCrush that he turned down the Bond 25 directing gig only because he’s previously committed to bringing “Dune” back to the big screen. Otherwise, Villeneuve would’ve jumped at the chance to work with Daniel Craig.

“I said to [producer] Barbara [Broccoli], I would love to work with you and with Daniel, but I’m engaged [Laughs],” the director said. “I will love to do it, honestly. I’m a spoiled filmmaker right now… I think Daniel Craig is a fantastic actor and I would like to, but several months ago I came into do ‘Dune’ and I engaged myself. I committed myself and I’m someone that doesn’t step back.”

“I remember I committed to do ‘Enemy,’ they came with ‘Prisoners’ I said, I need to do ‘Enemy’ first, and I had to break to bend the schedule,” Villeneuve continued. “I did the same with ‘Arrival’ and ‘Blade Runner.’ I did ‘Blade Runner,’ one of my conditions was that I would have time to do ‘Arrival’ first. Once I commit, I commit.”

Villeneuve is fully committed to “Dune” at the moment, which he promises isn’t going to be anything like David Lynch’s 1984 adaptation. The director told Yahoo! Movies during a Facebook Live interview that Lynch’s version was not the version of “Dune” he had envisioned for the big screen, which is why he decided to take on the project.

” It will not have any link with the David Lynch movie,” Villeneuve said. “I’m going back to the book, and going to the images that came out when I read it.”

Villeneuve has been quite vocal about his love of “Dune” over the last year, calling it himself the biggest passion project of his career. With the filmmaker committed to the project, Bond 25 now comes down to Yann Demange and David Mackenzie if the reports are true. Since Mackenzie is busy at work on the Netflix epic “Outlaw King,” it could very well be “71” director Demange who lands the gig.

Bond 25 is set for release November 8, 2019.