French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of the 1965 best-selling science-fiction novel Dune is expected to be broken up into at least two films.
The Playlist reported that Villeneuve revealed his reboot of Dune will be split into two films — at the very least — while speaking to an audience of 1,400 people at the Rendez-Vous du Cinéma Québécois that took place at Montréal’s Place Des Arts Théâtre Maisonneuve this week.
“Dune will probably take two years to make,” Villeneuve said. “The goal is to make two films, maybe more.”
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Denis Villeneuve has become a hot commodity in Hollywood, with several critically acclaimed films already under his belt in recent years, including 2013’s Prisoners, 2015’s Sicario, 2016’s science-fiction film Arrival, and last year’s Blade Runner sequel, Blade Runner 2049. Villeneuve’s attachment to the Dune reboot was confirmed in January of last year by Brian Herbert, the son of Dune author Frank Herbert.
Dune has previously been adapted for the big screen in 1984 by director David Lynch (Twin Peaks), though his adaptation was critically panned and was a box office flop, failing to recoup its budget of $40 million. A miniseries adaptation, titled Frank Herbert’s Dune, appeared on the Sci-Fi Channel in the year 2000 from director John Harrison, winning two Emmy Awards for cinematography and visual effects. Harrison followed it up with the 2003 miniseries Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune, which adapted the second and third novels in the Dune series, 1969’s Dune Messiah and 1976’s Children of Dune.
Set in the distant future amid a feudal interstellar society, Dune tells the story of a family that gains control of Arrakis, a desert planet that’s the source of a drug known as “the spice.” Soon after, the family is betrayed, and must lead a rebellion to restore their rule of the planet.
Academy Award-winning screenwriter Eric Roth has been tapped to pen the script for Villeneuve’s adaptation. Casting information and a release date have not yet been announced.
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