‘Sicario’ director wants to remake ‘Dune’ after finishing ‘Blade Runner’ sequel

Rick Marshall
‘Sicario’ director wants to remake ‘Dune’ after finishing ‘Blade Runner’ sequel
Currently hard at work on the Blade Runner sequel, Sicario director Denis Villenueve says directing a new adaptation of Frank Herbert's sci-fi classic Dune would be a dream project for him.

Denis Villeneuve has become a hot commodity in Hollywood thanks to a string of critically acclaimed films that include the drug war thriller Sicario, the crime drama Prisoners, and the upcoming sci-fi adaptation Arrival, which is already generating a lot of positive buzz. Currently hard at work on the Blade Runner sequel, the director recently name-dropped Dune as the dream project he would love to take on down the road.

Calling it “a long-standing dream of mine,” Villeneuve said he would like to be the latest filmmaker to adapt Frank Herbert’s sci-fi classic set on the far-off desert planet of Arrakis.

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“It’s a long process to get the rights, and I don’t think I will succeed,” Villeneuve told Variety of the obstacles he sees in bringing his own big-screen version of Dune to audiences.

The director indicated that he has always wanted to work in the sci-fi genre, so his recent projects — November’s Arrival and the still-untitled Blade Runner sequel due in October 2017 — have been a welcome shift in his focus. Although he acknowledged he might have some difficulty snagging the Dune dream project, he already has some original sci-fi films in the works.

“I would love to write something myself,” he said. “I have two [sci-fi] projects right now … It’s too early to talk about them.”

Villeneuve cited 2001: A Space Odyssey and Close Encounters of the Third Kind as sci-fi films that influenced his approach to filmmaking, along with the aforementioned Blade Runner.

“I’m always looking for sci-fi material, and it’s difficult to find original and strong material that’s not just about weaponry,” he explained.

Herbert’s Dune is one of the most successful sci-fi books of all time, spawning five sequels and multiple spinoffs in various media. David Lynch famously adapted the book for a 1984 film, and it was later adapted by the Sci-Fi Channel for a 2000 miniseries titled Frank Herbert’s Dune and a 2003 sequel, Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune.