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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

James Cameron, Ridley Scott, Stanley Kubrick, Steven Spielberg, and Christopher Nolan are names that come to mind when you think of great Sci-fi film directors.  Well after 2017, Denis Villeneuve could be joining that list.  Known for his earlier work with Sicario, Prisoners, and Enemy, Villeneuve climbed up the ladder of great director with his massive hit last year Arrival.  Up for multiple awards including 8 Oscar nominations including Best Director, Arrival was one of the most talked about movies in 2016.  After having success with dramas like Sicario and Prisoners, it might be odd to see him jump into three straight Sci-fi films.  The director enjoys Sci-fi though, he feels that he can tell stories that he couldn’t do with dramas.

“Sci-fi has a way to approach very difficult or apprehensive or more obscure subjects in a very dynamic way.  You can approach things withSci-fi that in Drama would be unbearable.”

Villeneuve’s next challenge will be to remake the 1984 cult classic Dune. Just announced last month by Lionsgate, Villeneuve will be jumping from one classic Sci-fi movie to the next.  This will be the toughest challenge out of the three film for him.  While Dune is a cult classic the original film underperformed at the box office and was followed up over the years with different sequels and prequels.  While Dune has an immense amount of potential production companies have not found the right person to helm the directors chair.  It seems like Villeneuve is finally the right guy for the job since he has read the novels himself and it has been a dream to create a Dune movie.

“The books that I read when I was 13 years old and were with me since then.  I was very excited when I learned that David Lynch was doing an adaptation.  I felt his adaption there was some strength in production design and his directing ideas were fantastic.  But it was the Dune I was dreaming myself, its a movie about dreams, I have my own vision about it.  Nothing is written yet, we are literally at ground zero right now.  We will start work on it in the upcoming weeks.  That is going to be one of the biggest events in my life and one of my oldest dreams.”

Although Blade Runner 2049 is still in production and Dune is in its earliest stages when this is all over we could witnessing one of the great directorial runs.  It would definitely put Villeneuve’s name with the other great Sci-fi directors.

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Source: Collider

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.