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Denis Villenueve to direct Dune

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4 hours ago, red snow said:

Particularly enemy as it has Jake Gylenhaal in it. Gvien they've done a few films together could he play Paul Atreides?

As others have said, he's a little too manly to play Paul. (What about Duncan?)

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15 minutes ago, Isis said:

As others have said, he's a little too manly to play Paul. (What about Duncan?)

I forget that Maclachlan was a lot younger back then :)

Yeah - Gylenhaal is usually welcome wherever unless it's a disaster film or videogame movie. So if there is a suitable role for him it'd be good to see him involved.

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Good call for Duncan Idaho.

They could probably still get Patrick Stewart to play Gurney Halleck :)

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1 hour ago, Isis said:

As others have said, he's a little too manly to play Paul. (What about Duncan?)

I think JG would be good for Duke Leto. 

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2 hours ago, Isis said:

As others have said, he's a little too manly to play Paul. (What about Duncan?)

I'd rather see him go weird/dark; which he's certainly capable of doing. Have him be Piter De Vries or Feyd-Rautha.

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I'm really into this idea of having JG involved in the Dune films now. How can we make this happen? 

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9 minutes ago, Isis said:

I'm really into this idea of having JG involved in the Dune films now. How can we make this happen? 

 


Well, a good first step would be hiring a director with a history of hiring Jake Gylenhaal to do the movie, I reckon. :P

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Ok - having just seen "arrival" I'm a lot more curious about "dune" and "blade Runner". Villeneuve has a knack for capturing tone and the visuals in "arrival" were beautiful. Has me thinking Blade Runner will look very dark and rainy and Dune will have beautiful sand dunes in place of clouds. He also seemed to put enough faith in the screenwriter (and arguably vice versa) not to spoon-feed the plot of "arrival" - a skill that might be useful when adapting Dune.

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I guess I'm in the minority in vastly preferring the Sci Fi mini series to the Lynch film. AND the follow up Children of Dune mini series (mashed up Dune Messiah and CoD).

I saw the Bladerunner trailer on the big screen last night before WW. It was truly stunning. I'm so glad Villeneve will be directing Dune.

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The tone of Herbert's statement makes me fear that they have some kind of contractually mandated influence/veto and that we might hear in a few months that Villeneuve has quit the film because the pair of them won't leave it alone.

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11 hours ago, Werthead said:

Good news! The first draft of the script is complete and delivered to Legendary Pictures.

Bad news! Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Hackmeister are tangentially involved. Fortunately only very peripherally.

I wonder where Villeneuve got involved with this? When Blade Runner 2049 was finally in his grasp he had the screenplay revised... seemingly not so much that Francher was upset this time around.

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The project is still on. They're developing the script that was delivered a few months ago. I get the impression that the big debate at the moment is whether to go for 1 or 2 movies for Dune itself.

Also at the link, the first concept art from the film, of a sandworm. Regular Denis Villeneuve collaborator Peter Konig posted a picture of a sandworm randomly on his site, but I think it's clear this is the first piece of artwork linked to the film (even if it is very early days).

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Really hope they do it justice.  I really hope they go with 2 movies... just don't see how it could be done in one.

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If the Hobbit "took" 3 movies, a truncated Dune should take at least 2.

I think giving it time to breath in a longer format is the best approach. Make it a limited series, like the SciFi mini series was but with better budget, writing, and acting.

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I'm sure this is a common idea but it should be three movies. First, everything up to the escape into the desert. Second, Fremen part ending with the sand rider scene. Third, reuniting with Gurney through the end. 

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8 hours ago, Vaughn said:

I'm sure this is a common idea but it should be three movies. First, everything up to the escape into the desert. Second, Fremen part ending with the sand rider scene. Third, reuniting with Gurney through the end. 

That's pretty much the way the book is divided: Part 1, Dune; Part 2, Muad'Dib; and Part 3, The Prophet.

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Dune is good space opera and could make sophisticated adventue as film. There are better 'adult' space operas in the prose form. James Blish's Cities in Flight, Asimov's Foundation (it could be action-o-fied) or that great over the top baroque space opera by Alfred Bester The Stars My Destination these have better stories than Dune.

As a TV series I would love to see HBO do Poul Anderson's Technic Civilization series. This is space opera one step above and beyond Star Trek and Star Wars in sophistication and the same time a ripping yarn.

 

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On 11/11/2017 at 5:28 PM, Mark Antony said:

So happy Villeneuve is still doing this and not the Bond film he was rumored to do. 

The "failure" of Blade Runner probably saved us in a weird way. I was worried they'd bail on Dune because of Villeneuve's ability to be great but not bring in the money. But if Bond was on the cards I can see The Bond franchise getting cold feet, freeing up Dune.

Maybe they are confident that Blade Runner will make money in the long run?

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