Director Denis Villeneuve hopes to make Dune movie

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Director Denis Villeneuve is really making a name for himself in Hollywood as of late. His last few films, Prisoners, Enemy and Sicario have all met with overwhelming critical acclaim and his new science fiction film, Arrival, is following suit with early positive reviews. His penchant for making suspenseful psychological thrillers lends itself to sci-fi films like Arrival which is probably why he’s also making a highly-anticipated sequel to Blade Runner. This looks like the start of a trend as he told Variety that it was one of his biggest dreams to make another sci-fi feature: Dune.

“I’m always looking for sci-fi material, and it’s difficult to find original and strong material that’s not just about weaponry,” said Villeneuve. “A longstanding dream of mine is to adapt Dune, but it’s a long process to get the rights, and I don’t think I will succeed. Also I would love It to write something myself. I have two [sci-fi] projects right now that are in very stages. It’s too early to talk about them.”

Many fans would probably welcome a redo of Dune, especially with a director as talented as Villeneuve at the helm. The original film, released in 1984, received many negative reviews, specifically for its confusing screenplay and poor pacing, and was a box-office failure. It’s considered by fans to be a very poor adaptation of an otherwise beloved book series written by Frank Herbert. Even director David Lynch has distanced himself from the project.

Seeing what Villeneuve could do with the series would be intriguing, but, as he says, he still has to go through the difficult task of acquiring the rights to the film. If he managed to get them, though, it wouldn’t be terribly difficult making a better film than the original, considering its reception. For now, if you want to see a Villeneuve sci-fi movie, you can see Arrival when it hits theaters on November 11, 2016.

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