In October, fans will see the result of director Denis Villeneuve’s most ambitious project so far as Dune debuts in theaters. Villeneuve has already undertaken demanding tasks like Blade Runner 2049, the sequel to Ridley Scott’s highly touted Blade Runner. But in addition to the difficulty of adapting the world created by Frank Herbert on the big screen, the Canadian director will have to live up fan expectations. And as a fan himself, he knows how that feels, as David Lynch offered his take on it back in 1984. Many viewers felt that Lynch failed to capture the essence of Herbert’s work. Among them Villeneuve himself, who went to watch the movie as a teenager but felt something was missing.
“I’m a big David Lynch fan, he’s the master,” said Villeneuve while talking with Empire. “When I saw [Lynch’s] Dune I remember being excited, but 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’s why I was thinking to myself, ‘There’s still a movie that needs to be made about that book, just a different sensibility.’”
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The director added that he wanted to live up to his dreams as a teenager. And given that Dune is essentially a coming-of-age story, he always kept them in mind while shooting the movie.
“It’s not easy to bring the dreams of your teenage years in front of a camera,” he stated. “The teenager that I was was really a big dreamer. I had to try to please that guy. It’s all the pressure of making sure that I don’t disappoint the dream.”
Dune will debut in theaters and on HBO Max on Oct. 22.
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