After years of staying buried in the sand, Frank Herbert’s desert space saga Dune is being reimagined onscreen by luminary director Denis Villeneuve. If the 1984 David Lynch movie comes to mind when you think Dune, Villeneuve says it’s going to be nothing like what you remember—but your otherworldly ability to see through time and space already told you that.
In a recent Facebook Live interview with Yahoo!, Villeneuve acknowledged his predecessor but expressed the desire to follow his own vision through the endless sands of Arrakis.
“David Lynch did an adaptation in the ’80s that has some very strong qualities,” the director admitted. “I mean, David Lynch is one of the best filmmakers alive. I have massive respect for him. 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.”
For his take on the story of Paul Atreides, Villeneuve told Yahoo! he would be relying on Herbert’s canon and the mental images it conjured when he was first enraptured by it as a teen. Think exoplanets, elaborate palaces, strange magic, and, of course, sandworms.
There could be no one better to take on a sci-fi epic that spans almost 900 pages (and that’s just the first book) than the guy behind the Blade Runner sequel fans waited several decades for. Lynch was admittedly faced with a task of galactic proportions after becoming the second director to take on Dune after Alejandro Jodorowsky failed in the ‘70s. While Lynch’s adaptation has its hardcore fans, there is no sci-fi technology that can just cram such an immense series of events into two hours, and the result is often seen as a mess in retrospect. You know things can’t possibly get any worse when a director not only disowns his own film but acts as it it never existed.
Maybe this version will be infused with the Water of Life.