When it is decided to make a new version of a beloved, famous or highly valued film, or even to re-adapt a novel with the same characteristics to the cinema, it is usually done with an economic interest. Producers think they can take advantage of the public’s penchant for the previous work to fill their pockets; and they are not wrong. But that does not mean that the filmmakers in charge of the new feature film do not have their own reasons or that it cannot end up being a good work of art. The latter is what we expect from the new Dune (2021), first of two parts that has been directed by the canadian Denis Villeneuve, author of other very interesting films such as Prisioneros (2013), The Arrival (2016) or Blade Runner 2049 (2017).
Because the first adaptation of the homonymous novel by Frank Herbert (1965), which was awarded the Hugo and Nebula prizes, is the responsibility of none other than the American David Lynch (1984). And, apparently, his colleague from the north was not satisfied with his work. Like most professional critics, it must be added.
Falling in love with Frank Herbert’s relationship with nature
As far as we know, Denis Villeneuve’s efforts included for a long time to bring his own cinematic approach to Dune, and to accomplish what the charlatan Alejandro Jodorowsky could not. His meeting with veteran composer Hans Zimmer (Hannibal) by Blade Runner 2049 it was decisive for the project of the new adaptation to take shape, because they both love Frank Herbert’s book.
In conversations with Helen O’Hara of Empire magazine, Denis Villeneuve has stated the following: “For me, the book is about foreknowledge: a character who can see the future. I feel that Herbert himself had a very good vision of the future: people exploit natural resources with brutality and other people fight for the good of nature ”. And, according to the journalist, “he wants young people, in particular, to discover this story through the film as he once discovered the book, and to fall in love with the “beautiful ecosystems and Herbert’s unique relationship with nature””.
‘Dune’: from David Lynch to Denis Villeneuve
But the filmmaker’s motivations go beyond that. “I’m a huge David Lynch fan; he is the teacher ”, assures Denis Villeneuve to Helen O’Hara. “When I saw Dune, I remember being excited, but there are parts that I love and other elements that I feel less comfortable with. So I remember being half satisfied. That is why I thought to myself: “There is still a movie that needs to be made about that book, just a different sensibility.”
What happens is that You cannot be “half satisfied” because satisfaction implies being satisfied, not to believe that David Lynch could have done things in a more acceptable way without a doubt. So Denis Villeneuve’s thing has been to catch the bull by the horns because he will think that, if he really wanted something to be done well, he better have done it himself.
“It is not easy to carry the dreams of your adolescence in front of a camera ”, acknowledges the filmmaker. “The teenager that I was really was a great dreamer. He had to try to please that guy. It’s all the pressure to make sure I don’t let myself down in that dream. ” So we can only hope that, by not having disappointed himself with the new Dune, Denis Villeneuve did not disappoint viewers either.