The First Draft of Denis Villeneuve‘s DUNE Adaptation is Finished and Pre-Production Will Start Soon
Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve has been hard at work on developing his adaptation of Frank Herbert's classic sci-fi novel Dune. His plan is to give us a two-part film adaptation, which is really the best way to tackle the material instead of trying to cram it all into one movie. There's a lot of material in the book to cover.
During a recent interview with La Press, Villeneuve gave an update on the project and he seems very excited about how things are coming along. He reveals that the first script that he's been working on with Eric Roth has been completed and he is hoping to start pre-production soon. He also says that he's not going to be directing both films back to back.
“Eric Roth has written the first draft and then I worked on it on my side. I have not had such fun creatively since Incendies! I wish I could direct both movies at the same time but it would have been too expensive. We’ll do them one at a time.”
Villeneuve is an extremely talented filmmaker who knows how to tell a great story and also give us awesome visuals. He is the right director to take on Dune and I'm so excited to see what he is planning on doing with it.
Set in the distant future, “Dune” follows Paul Atreides, whose family assumes control of the desert planet Arrakis. As the only producer of a highly valuable resource, jurisdiction over Arrakis is contested among competing 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 reign.
This is one story that I've always wanted to see get a proper film adaptation. David Lynch did the best he could with what he had to work with and I love his movie for what it is, but there is so much room for improvement. I think that Villeneuve will give us the best adaptation of the book that fans can possibly get.