Director Denis Villeneuve says that he was as it were “half-satisfied” with David Lynch’s 1984 variation of Dune. Villeneuve is preparing to release his variation of the exemplary science fiction novel from creator Frank Herbert, which stars Timothee Chalamet, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya, Oscar Isaac, Dave Bautista, Javier Bardem, and Stellan Skarsgard. Set against a modern setting, Dune revolves around a noble family entrusted with taking over the most valuable planet in the cosmic system and the forces that attempt to stop them.
Speaking to Empire, Villeneuve says he was a major devotee of director David Lynch and recalls being excited for his take on Herbert’s novel however mixed on the final item. Villeneuve says he was “half-satisfied” with Lynch’s version and was left with the feeling that there was more to be told however in a different sensibility. Villeneuve has made a career out of building his style so far, and it looks apparent that he has finally been able to leave his signature on Lynch’s legacy. Here’s what he needed to say:
“I’m a major David Lynch fan, he’s the master. When I saw [Lynch’s] Dune I remember being excited, yet his take… there are parts that I love and other elements that I am less comfortable with. So it’s like, I remember being half-satisfied. That is the reason I was thinking to myself, ‘There’s as yet a movie that needs to be made regarding that book, simply a different sensibility.”
Lynch’s Dune will always be a divisive yet strangely beloved work, as time has allowed it to enter into providence. While it was oft-misunderstood or by and large loathed when originally released, fans have uncovered a film that strove to capture the essence of Herbert’s novel, despite the budget, effects, and dense material that surrounded the project. For Villeneuve, he’s able to learn the lessons of Lynch’s Dune and apply them to his variation. The biggest lesson, it appears, is splitting the novel into two sections, which permits Villeneuve to keep away from the challenge of condensing a particularly massive, sprawling book into a two-hour movie, a feat that Lynch accomplished, albeit with basic reservations. Correlations with Lynch’s film will undoubtedly arise once Villeneuve’s Dune is released, so it will be interesting to see how the two filmmakers accomplished the same task separated by more than 35 years separated.