Frank Herbert’s Dune is a layered, dense work, and it looks as though Denis Villeneuve is thinking it may take him two films to adapt it.
Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049, Sicario) is on board to tackle Herbert’s Dune which has previously hit the big screen in the 1980s from David Lynch, and on TV as a mini-series. Speaking at a Q&A in Canada, Villeneuve spoke on the status of his next project saying, “Dune will probably take two years to make. The goal is to make two films, maybe more.”
Honestly, it probably will take two films to get everything in, but I’m not convinced this will work. Dune is – I’m going to be blunt here – an overly pretentious work that gets in the way of itself more than anything else. The basic premises are easy enough to understand, but it gets so obsessed with needless dialogue that you start to tune out and think it’s more complicated than it really is.
Villeneuve is a filmmaker with a sumptuous eye. He will make a beautiful film that will be visually pleasing, but, seriously, we don’t need two films here. Cut the chaff, you’ll be fine. Folks will scream how it’s not a faithful representation of the book, but, trust me, read some of the synopsis for what comes later in the series and you’ll see you really don’t need it to be faithful folks. Do any of us really want to see the human-sandworm hybrid?