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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Remake is often a bit of a misnomer with films. Sure, they may be adaptations of a book that may have been adapted more than once before, but the word “remake” implies that the filmmakers are pulling from previous interpretations, which isn’t always the case.

This is true of the upcoming Dune remake, which comes from Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve. Dune has already been adapted to film once by ultra-weird director David Lynch, and while that film has certainly garnered a cult following, it won’t be the basis of Villeneuve’s movie, as he revealed to Yahoo! during a Facebook Live interview.

“David Lynch did an adaptation in the ’80s that has some very strong qualities. 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. It will not have any link with the David Lynch movie. I’m going back to the book, and going to the images that came out when I read it.”

Villeneuve still has his work cut out for him. He’s currently only on the first draft of the screenplay, and on the heels of the critically successful (yet box office bomb) Blade Runner 2049, we have to wonder if he’ll have a hard time getting the studio on board, or if his vision will have to be compromised due to budget constraints.

Well, considering where he’s at, it’ll likely be some time before we know.

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SOURCE: Yahoo!

  • HaroldNMaudeDib

    The Lynch film has many detractors but I think the movie does that rare thing of truly understanding its source material and, in some parts, actually improving on it. I will not defend Toto.

    • SgtMAD

      oh crap, what part of the story does it add to?

      the stupid weirding modules?

      the great characters that lynch just destroyed?

      Paul being a grown man instead of a tenenager,a young one at that?

      that lynch movie is a disaster and takes great source material and shreds it,stealing little bits to justify calling that mess Dune

      • HaroldNMaudeDib

        Don’t get me wrong, I love Frank Herbert’s Dune.

        The sets and costumes. I loved the 1900 military look. Much of the dialog is original and just as good as the source material. Lynch really gets Herbert’s world. Lots of stuff in the film is informed by later novels too which I loved. The Brian Eno theme is amazing. I liked some of the big over-the-top performances.

        The weirding modules make sense from a film/visual stand point. You don’t have to love them. I get that. But film is visual and auditory so I get his decision to use that device.

        If you want a closer visual look to the novels then you have that awful Syfy channel translation. I’m not saying the novels can’t be visually translated well (I think this new version will do it) but Lynch’s visual universe is amazing.

        I think Herbert was a fan of the film actually. Think he saw it before he died.

  • Ditko

    This movie will be put on hold. Blade Runner 2049 was too big of a flop, modern audiences aren´t interested in hard, serious Sci-Fi, apparently.

    • SgtMAD

      BR was a mess, I saw it in imax and the soundtrack was far too “hot”, it was blowing out eardrums in the theater

  • TheOct8pus

    They should call this movie: Spice World

    • capitandelespacio

      Can’t avoid the reference. Have my upvote, you crazy bastard.

      • TheOct8pus

        Thanks Capitan. Your upvote means a lot. Here, have an upvote too….

  • surethom

    Loved the Film but the mini series was even better, lets hope the remake is a nice long film aswell.

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.