Denis Villeneuve Wants Dune Reboot to Be ‘Star Wars For Adults’

Posted 2018/01/19 0 0

The upcoming Dune remake from director Denis Villeneuve is being described as Star Wars for adults.


Talk of a new Dune adaptation has been swirling around for a while. Legendary Entertainment announced they had acquired "the film and television motion picture rights" to the saga in late 2016. Eric Roth, whose screenplay credits include Forrest Gump, Munich, The Insider, Ali, and others, will write the film, which Arrival and Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve is directing. Recently Villeneuve has told FANDOM that he aims to make it the Star Wars movie he never saw. Although he admits that making a film that’s different to Star Wars won’t be easy.

“Most of the main ideas of Star Wars are coming from Dune so it’s going to be a challenge to [tackle] this,” the French-Canadian director says. “The ambition is to do the Star Wars movie I never saw. In a way, it’s Star Wars for adults. We’ll see.”

Villeneuve is correct in saying that much of the inspiration for Star Wars came from Dune. George Lucas was a massive fan of the book and has openly admitted to taking inspiration from some elements of the world crafted by Herbert and fusing them into his idea for a space western. Considering though that Star Wars has always firmly been a very family friendly approach that kept its stories deliberately light-hearted and not too deep (though some would argue that the latest movies have changed that), it would be fantastic to see something as rich as Star Wars from a world-building perspective, but then also having a story with a little more depth to it.

At the moment, Villeneuve plans on only adopting Herbert’s novel onto the big screen, but he says he’s open to making a sequel in the future. He said: “I could be involved with one or two movies, if it happens.” Unfortunately, a script for the reboot hasn’t been completed and agreed upon yet, so there’s no guarantee that Villeneuve will even make Dune in the end; it may move on to another director. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.