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Postby Freakzilla » 12 Sep 2016 13:58

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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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Postby Omphalos » 12 Sep 2016 14:17

I am totally psyched for Arrival. When I saw that title I dismissed it as some shit-awful Charlie Sheen movie remake. But it is actually an adaption of Ted Chaing's fantastic novella Story of Your Life. I cannot fucking wait for this to come out now.

As for him doing Dune....

At this point Ill let anyone try. Its not like Dune will lose any of its cultural significance because someone does a shitty film of it. It's survived worse.

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    Postby georgiedenbro » 13 Sep 2016 09:52

    There will come a time when Dune will be taken on again in film/TV. I just hope it's not anytime soon as I don't want a Dune consisting of CGI. Or at least not the CGI that technology right now is generating, because I think it looks like garbage.
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    Postby Naib » 13 Sep 2016 10:17

    Every few years some director says they want to do Dune again. Hope springs eternal I guess...

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    Postby Sardaukar Capt » 12 Oct 2016 13:35

    I thought Sicario was amazing. One of the best movies I've seen in years. I haven't seen Arrival yet but plan to.

    He's doing Blade Runner 2 which I think may be a great choice since Ridley Scott chose to just produce the film.

    What could be a great combo for Dune is Scott and Villeneuve if Scott were to show interest in it again. I haven't seen anything about Ridley Scott having any interest in it though.
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    Postby WolfgangMercury » 12 Oct 2016 22:05

    Haven't heard anything about this director before, but evidently critics speak well of him. It certainly gives me a twinge of hope to consider that he might actually be successful.
    One of my greatest fears is that Dune actually will be produced, but turned into some brainless generic space-action film, even despite the good intentions of the director. Given that Marvel and all that explosions and CGI fluff is huge right now, I would also imagine that to be the best road, financially.
    Still though, I drool at the thought of a well-acted, "Lawrence of Arabia-esque," visually beautiful Dune that melds the brilliant depth of the novel with the desires of the public.
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    First in a series of films. I hope they have the guts to stick to Frank's work only and tell the dumbarse duo to stuff themselves.

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    Naib wrote:First in a series of films. I hope they have the guts to stick to Frank's work only and tell the dumbarse duo to stuff themselves.


    I have little hope of that. Their pulp was regurgitated AS a movie novelization.
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    Freakzilla wrote:
    Naib wrote:First in a series of films. I hope they have the guts to stick to Frank's work only and tell the dumbarse duo to stuff themselves.


    I have little hope of that. Their pulp was regurgitated AS a movie novelization.


    Well, we'll probably be able to tell by the time they release the first trailer.

    Now, I think we need to start a serious discussion on the direction Villeneuve's use of hats will take. :whistle:

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    Postby georgiedenbro » 03 Feb 2017 10:59

    I am slightly worried about a Dune film, just because of the great opportunity to tell the real story and the possibility that it will be yet another missed chance, forcing Herbert's work to wait god knows how long to see the light of day again. My biggest concern is that editorial license will cause Villeneuve to think he needs to change things in the story to make them 'make sense' or appeal to the audience; my second biggest is that, like Jodorovsky, he'll come up with his own ideas about what the story means that disregard Frank's content.

    I sort of wish there was a way to get him to have a meeting in our sietch so we could kind of give him a rundown of the basics to make sure he's on the right track. As the author is no longer alive I hope he doesn't think that going to Brian and KJA would be the best way to do research for the film...
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    Postby Naib » 03 Feb 2017 11:18

    Perhaps we could twitter him to voice our concerns about relying on anything Brian or Kevin or anyone else might offer. Nothing weird, but just a few notes to let him know that the Dune started and ended with Frank's work. Maybe do it on Frank's next birthday.

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    Postby Omphalos » 06 Feb 2017 11:28

    I just saw Arrival on video last week. It was a very, very good adaptation of the short story. He did play games with the narrative, and I think that his changes took some of the punch out of it, but it was over all much less morbid, and was very well done.

    Of course, adapting one short story of a largely unknown author is a mighty different thing than adapting Dune.

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    Postby Freakzilla » 21 Feb 2017 10:20

    I watched Arrival last weekend and was thoroughly unimpressed. It did not fill me with hope for a Dune adaptation. Maybe it'd have been better if I'd read it.
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    Postby Omphalos » 21 Feb 2017 11:40

    Personally I'd love to know what Chig thought about it. He has a good insight on those kinds of stories.

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    Postby SadisticCynic » 21 Feb 2017 19:06

    As if we needed another reason to miss him. :(

    I liked Arrival, but I suppose Blade Runner 2049 will give a better indication for this type of story.
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    Postby Omphalos » 22 Feb 2017 11:44

    Freakzilla wrote:I watched Arrival last weekend and was thoroughly unimpressed. It did not fill me with hope for a Dune adaptation. Maybe it'd have been better if I'd read it.


    Chiang has a book of short work, and this one, Story of Your Life, is there. In fact I think that's the title of the collection too. "Story of Your Life, and Others."


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    Yep. Good thing is I don't have to waste money and time on it because no way I am going to watch it with that hack twins involved.
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    Serkanner wrote:

    Yep. Good thing is I don't have to waste money and time on it because no way I am going to watch it with that hack twins involved.


    What an upsetting turn of events. The only hope left is that Villeneuve takes the material seriously enough to read the book and will have the awareness to notice all the garbage that the hacks try to inject into the screenplay. With luck he'll have the balls to change it back to what it should be, as ultimately he will probably have final say on everything and can choose what goes into his film.
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    georgiedenbro wrote:
    Serkanner wrote:

    Yep. Good thing is I don't have to waste money and time on it because no way I am going to watch it with that hack twins involved.


    What an upsetting turn of events. The only hope left is that Villeneuve takes the material seriously enough to read the book and will have the awareness to notice all the garbage that the hacks try to inject into the screenplay. With luck he'll have the balls to change it back to what it should be, as ultimately he will probably have final say on everything and can choose what goes into his film.


    I believe he said in another recent interview that he was going back to the book for this movie.
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    Postby Omphalos » 13 Nov 2017 14:44

    Fuck me. I fucking pegged this years ago. Jerks.


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    2049 wasn't that good...


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