After directing titles like the mystery thriller Enemy and the crime dramas Prisoners and Sicario, lately it’s been all about the science fiction for Denis Villeneuve.
First it was Arrival, the alien contact movie which was recently nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for Villeneuve. Most recently he’s been busy making Blade Runner 2049, the long-awaited sequel to Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. Then, back in December, it was revealed that Villeneuve was in line to possibly take on a new adaptation of the sci-fi classic Dune.
Now it appears a new Dune movie directed by Villeneuve is a done deal.
Nothing has been officially confirmed by Legendary Pictures, who acquired the rights to adapt the property into both movies and TV series back in November. However, Brian Herbert, the son of Dune author Frank Herbert, announced on Twitter that the director had signed on:
It's official — Legendary Pictures has signed the very talented Denis Villeneuve to direct the exciting new DUNE series film project.
Though it hasn’t confirmed by Legendary yet, this isn’t news that’s all that surprising. Villeneuve made his love of sci-fi and his desire to direct an adaptation of Dune known in an interview with Variety:
“I had been wanting to do sci-fi for a very long time. 2001: A Space Odyssey is a movie that really impressed me as a teenager. And also Blade Runner. And Close Encounters of the Third Kind is also one of my favorites. I’m always looking for sci-fi material, and it’s difficult to find original and strong material that’s not just about weaponry. A longstanding dream of mine is to adapt “˜Dune,’ but it’s a long process to get the rights, and I don’t think I will succeed. Also I would love to write something myself. I have two [sci-fi] projects right now that are in very [early] stages. It’s too early to talk about them.”
Basically, you do not have to be an expert to figure things out here. Unless it’s impossible, you find a way to make this movie happen with Villeneuve.
And thankfully, that’s what appears to be happening.