‘Blade Runner 2’ Director Wants to Remake ‘Dune’

By September 12, 2016

Director Denis Villeneuve has emerged as one of Hollywood’s best directors over the last several years, with consistently great outings in Prisoners, Enemy, Sicario, and if the early festival buzz is to be believed, Arrival this year as well. Next up, the director is finally diving headfirst into the blockbuster world in the highly-anticipated sequel to Blade Runner 2 though, starring Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, and more.

As it turns out, Villeneuve has had his sights set on the sci-fi genre for quite some time now, and in a recent interview, he revealed one other sci-fi film that he wants to remake one day, even if he’s not sure he’ll ever actually be able to.

Speaking with Variety, the filmmaker revealed that he’d like to adapt Dune one day:

“I had been wanting to do sci-fi for a very long time. “2001: A Space Odyssey” is a movie that really impressed me as a teenager. And also “Blade Runner.” And “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” is also one of my favorites. I’m always looking for sci-fi material, and it’s difficult to find original and strong material that’s not just about weaponry. 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 to write something myself. I have two [sci-fi] projects right now that are in various stages. It’s too early to talk about them.”

For those of you who don’t know, Dune was adapted previously by David Lynch back in 1984, and despite being a flop upon its initial release, has developed a bit of a cult status over the years since. Alejandro Jodorowsky tried (and failed) to make a fairly ambitious adaptation of the story as well and there was also a TV miniseries that aired in 2000. Another film remake of the title has been in the works off and on for several years now also, though it seems like the project is practically dead for the time being.

At this point though, anything that Villeneuve does is going to garner interest from film fans now, and his desire to do it could be all that the studio needs to possibly revisit a Dune remake. His name is what I think has given many film fans hope in the Blade Runner sequel after all, and it’ll be interesting to see where his career goes after that film’s release, especially depending on its reception amongst fans and casual moviegoers.

Who knows? In a few years time, we could see Villeneuve behind the helm of a Dune remake, or we could see him bringing one of those two original ideas he mentions to the big screen. Either way, if he’s involved, you can count us in.

Blade Runner 2 is set to hit theatres on October 6th, 2017.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable