Over the last few years, Denis Villeneuve has made quite the name for himself by giving audiences quality films such as Sicario, Arrival, and most recently the very well received and long awaited sequel, Blade Runner 2049. The Canadian director recently spoke with ScreenCrush and was asked about the decision to turn down Bond 25 in favor of directing a reboot of Dune:
“Listen, I would love to do a Bond movie. I think Daniel Craig is a fantastic actor and I would like to, but several months ago I came into do Dune and I engaged myself. I committed myself and I’m someone that doesn’t step back. I remember I committed to do Enemy, they came with Prisoners I said, ‘I need to do Enemy first,’ and I had to break to bend the schedule. I did the same with Arrival and Blade Runner. I did Blade Runner, one of my conditions was that I would have time to do Arrival first. Once I commit, I commit. When Legendary offered me to do Dune, on a silver plate? Which was like my dream project that I’m dreaming to do for 30 years? I said yes right away. I want to honor that. It doesn’t mean the movie will happen, maybe in six months the movie will — and Bond is an old fantasy of mine, but I can’t be in two places at the same time. It’s a strange year because I would love to do a James Bond. I need to focus.”
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Villeneuve appears to have incredible focus and dedication and I would be very interested to see a 007 film from him. Villeneuve appears to have his heart set on making Dune, but fans can hope that a Bond film is in Villeneuve’s future, perhaps Bond 26? On a side note, it wouldn’t surprise me to learn that his name has been thrown around the offices over at Disney for a Star Wars film, that is also something I would like to see from Villeneuve.
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