Plenty of us love Star Wars. Hell, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who didn’t grow up on the stories of high adventure found in the hours of those films. But when all said and done, while we love Star Wars to death, there is no denying that it won the hearts of most people at a young age.
We like to look at the franchise and pretend there’s something high-minded and adult, but reality certainly paints a different picture. By and large, they are very standard tales of good and evil, and while we still love them now, there’s a reason why we flocked to them as kids.
Then you have director Denis Villeneuve. He’s already directed two highbrow sci-fi movies with Arrival and Blade Runner 2049, and with Dune, he looks to complete his hat-trick. But how will he tackle it? Speaking with Fandom, Villeneuve gave a little bit of insight.
“Most of the main ideas of Star Wars are coming from Dune so it’s going to be a challenge to [tackle] this. The ambition is to do the Star Wars movie I never saw. In a way, it’s Star Wars for adults. We’ll see.”
Star Wars for adults, huh? That’ll be an interesting and difficult beast for him to tackle, for sure. Much of what makes Star Wars Star Wars is its childlike wonder. Take that away, and you’re really left with a completely different kind of sci-fi — perhaps one that skews closer to Blade Runner 2049.
While critics may have loved that film, the reality is that serious sci-fi stories like that don’t necessarily click with audiences en masse, as evidenced by Blade Runner 2049’s disappointing box office haul. Can Villeneuve split the difference with Dune and make something that’s thoughtful, adult, and mainstream? It’s a tall order, but he is one hell of a filmmaker.
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