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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