Hot off the release of the first Blade Runner 2049 teaser trailer, Variety has reported that director Denis Villeneuve is in very early talks to direct a reboot of Dune. Legendary Entertainment recently acquired film rights from the estate of Frank Hebert, author of the iconic books. So, will Villeneuve’s dream come true?
Denis Villeneuve has made waves for his work on Arrival, Sicario, and the upcoming Blade Runner sequel. Arrival has recently had a strong box office opening, and even made Josh Adams’ list of Top 10 Movies of 2016. The Blade Runner film sees the return of Harrison Ford, alongside Ryan Gosling. Obviously, Villeneuve is able to work with top names in Hollywood. This momentum should pave the way for a very bright future for the 49-year old Canadian filmmaker. He seems to have a knack for science fiction, and has previously expressed interest in directing a new adaptation of Dune. He’s stated:
A longstanding dream of mine is to adapt “Dune,” but it’s a long process to get the rights, and I don’t think I will succeed.
Now, he may be closer to that dream, and there may not be a better time for him. He could successfully leverage his current buzz to get the director’s chair for one of the greatest sci-fi stories ever told. The question is, will he become known for reboots and sequels if this trend continues? I certainly hope not.
Dune takes place in the distant future, and tells the story of Paul Atreides. He’s a young man who finds himself in the middle of an intergalactic political and social struggle. Atreides leads a rebellion against the establishment, and changes the landscape of the known universe. The film is a sci-fi classic, and the book was named the best-selling science fiction novel of all time.
Would Villeneuve be the perfect choice to direct this epic space opera? What have you geeks thought of his work thus far? Personally, my biggest question is if Patrick Stewart and Sting will reprise their roles.