Jump to content
Mark Antony

Denis Villenueve to direct Dune

Recommended Posts

11 hours ago, Dornite said:

I do like the David Lynch version, even though it’s easily his worst movie it’s still brilliant in some ways. But the Lynch version is more like inspired by Dune (and given a decent budget) to go off on a Lynch movie than a true adaptation, so I could be into this. I haven’t seen it yet, but I’ve heard good things about Blade Runner.

I consider both Blade Runner (1982) and Blade Runner 2049 as very good adaptations of modern prose science fiction. (2001: A Space Odyssey is the best).  Neither of the Blade Runner are exactly faithful to the original Philip K Dick novel. Lynch is a fine film maker, he showed he understood the Dune story , many directors , then, less so now, were downright hostile to science fiction.

Villeneuve has a problem with Dune. Same he had with Blade Runner 2049. Dune is not a comic-book story, for all it's fantastic elements it has narrative finesse. It is a nuanced story. Well, Blade Runner 2049 had that and it did not do well at the box office. My sense is that Villeneuve wants to keep the sophistication of Dune's narrative. Will audiences , now a days, buy into that? I can't really figure it out. 2017 saw a non popcorn movie do well , Dunkirk. Dunkirk is told with savoir-faire , it is not  avant garde but it also not a popcorn movie , so there is a puzzle , we see ... a good version of Dune may not do well at the box office.

Edited by boojam

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
9 hours ago, boojam said:

Villeneuve has a problem with Dune. Same he had with Blade Runner 2049. Dune is not a comic-book story, for all it's fantastic elements it has narrative finesse. It is a nuanced story. Well, Blade Runner 2049 had that and it did not do well at the box office. My sense is that Villeneuve wants to keep the sophistication of Dune's narrative. Will audiences , now a days, buy into that? I can't really figure it out. 2017 saw a non popcorn movie do well , Dunkirk. Dunkirk is told with savoir-faire , it is not  avant garde but it also not a popcorn movie , so there is a puzzle , we see ... a good version of Dune may not do well at the box office.

I think Dune would be a risk, there's certainly a good chance it could disappoint at the box office but I think it also has a chance of success. You mention Dunkirk, but I think another Christopher Nolan film, Interstellar, could be a better example. Interstellar was also a science fiction with plenty of nuance and was a long way from being a typical popcorn film but it did well enough at the box office that I suspect the makers of Dune would be happy to make a similar amount of money. Unlike Interstellar, Dune already has a brand name with a certain amount of recognition and it is probably easier to advertise to a mass audience than BR2049, the marketing could lean heavily on the coming-of-age story elements or the Game of Thrones-like conflict between the great houses.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That's great news. I'll be fascinated to see how this is cast. 

Some idle thoughts:

Michael Fassbender would be a good Leto. 

Vera Famiga for Jessica

Ray Liotta as Gurney although no idea if he can sing. 

Mike Myers as Fat Bastard as Vladimir Harkonen 

Someone genuinely young to play Paul, not some 20 something young Hollywood type playing a 15 year old to start. If they cast a kid who's maybe 17-18 then by the time film two is under way, he'll be 19+ and can pull off the third act of the book age wise. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
54 minutes ago, Vaughn said:

Someone genuinely young to play Paul, not some 20 something young Hollywood type playing a 15 year old to start. If they cast a kid who's maybe 17-18 then by the time film two is under way, he'll be 19+ and can pull off the third act of the book age wise. 


Tbh I think they might just be better off aging up the character a bit. Not much, but it's tough enough finding anyone who's got the presence Paul is supposed to have, let alone a kid, and off the top of my head I don't think it's particularly important that he has to be specifically fifteen when the story starts.

Duke Leto should be

Sean Bean

obviously.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
5 hours ago, polishgenius said:


 

  Hide contents

Sean Bean

obviously.

Ha! Perfect...

"one does not simply walk into Carthag..." 

Edited by Vaughn

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
5 hours ago, polishgenius said:


Tbh I think they might just be better off aging up the character a bit. Not much, but it's tough enough finding anyone who's got the presence Paul is supposed to have, let alone a kid, and off the top of my head I don't think it's particularly important that he has to be specifically fifteen when the story starts.
 

As for this point, I do think it's important that Paul is a teen, not a young man, when everything goes sideways. His youth is a repeated plot theme throughout the book really until the final third. 


For practical and marketing reasons, I think they will age him up a bit 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Levi Miller for Paul?

Wrinkle of Time was all over the place, but Miller (and Storm Reid) did a great job.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ha. They could cast Kyle McLachlan as Duke Leto :) 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
15 hours ago, Werthead said:

Ha. They could cast Kyle McLachlan as Duke Leto :) 

Better yet - Count Fenring. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 3/13/2018 at 0:45 AM, Werthead said:

Ha. They could cast Kyle McLachlan as Duke Leto :) 

I like it. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Let me third casting McLachlan as Leto Atreides. I've also thought Liam Cunningham could make a good Gurney Halleck. 

Chalamet's a good choice for Paul. He even kind of looks like McLachlan - io9 did a side-by-side picture of them. 

They should do a totally odd casting choice for Feyd-Rautha, like casting Sting for it for the 1984 film. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
13 hours ago, Summer Bass said:

Let me third casting McLachlan as Leto Atreides. I've also thought Liam Cunningham could make a good Gurney Halleck. 

Chalamet's a good choice for Paul. He even kind of looks like McLachlan - io9 did a side-by-side picture of them. 

They should do a totally odd casting choice for Feyd-Rautha, like casting Sting for it for the 1984 film. 

I can imagine Denis Villeneuve suggesting this, the casting director getting a glint in their eye, and then Villeneuve choke-holding them to the floor and saying, "Do not even think of calling fucking Jared Leto. Do Not Go There."

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

By the gods of the inferno, please not Leto. Or some popstar like Justin Beber or something. I like Sting's music but he should've never been cast as Feyd.

/shiver

That chilling thought aside, I'm extremely excited for this adaptation.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
9 hours ago, Werthead said:

I can imagine Denis Villeneuve suggesting this, the casting director getting a glint in their eye, and then Villeneuve choke-holding them to the floor and saying, "Do not even think of calling fucking Jared Leto. Do Not Go There."

I'd hope not. He's too old to play Feyd-Rautha (although I bet he could be a really unsettling Piter De Vries), and they should cast someone comparable in age to Chalamet since both he and Paul are supposed to be really teenagers/twenty-somethings in the book. Someone who can just ooze vanity and arrogance.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 7/17/2018 at 2:50 AM, Summer Bass said:

They should do a totally odd casting choice for Feyd-Rautha, like casting Sting for it for the 1984 film. 

 

So like Thomas Middleditch? 

[stammering] "You see it, um there. On my hip, er, um, it's your er death!" 

 

Timothy Oliphant for Tuek 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×