Denis Villeneuve reviving Blade Runner with a magnificent sequel over three decades later was no small task. Now Villeneuve has set his sights on Frank Herbert’s expansive Dune universe, and he doesn’t feel a single movie can contain it. The Playlist reported Villeneuve took the stage at Montreal’s Place des Arts’ Théâtre Maisonneuve, and stated his intentions to make Dune at least two films.
“Dune will probably take two years to make,” Villeneuve told the Rendez-Vous du Cinema Quebecois crowd, “The goal is to make two films, maybe more.”
Last year’s The Dark Tower proved trying to squeeze a sprawling, nuanced saga into an hour and a half film is a fool’s errand. Villeneuve has already called Dune the “project of his life” in an interview with Variety. Giving audiences a butchered version of his vision likely won’t be an option, if he has anything to say about it.
We’ve already seen how well Villeneuve treats passion projects. He told THR in a round table interview last year regarding Blade Runner 2049, “I do it because I deeply love the first movie so much, I don’t want someone else to fuck it up.” Dune appears to be in safe hands if it’s given that kind of love and devotion.
Hopefully, the Frank Herbert epic will be a bigger box office success than Blade Runner 2049, so Villeneuve can make as many films as he sees fit. In a sea of endless remakes and reboots, Dune is one of the few properties that rightfully deserves another chance at the big screen. Denis Villenueve is just the director to take on such a massive undertaking.