David Lynch's Dune was notable for being a blockbuster sci-fi flop, but hey, 1984 was a long time ago. Why not go for it again, and this time do Frank Herbert's complicated space opera with some of the biggest stars of the day? It's definitely going to work out great this time.
That seems to be Arrival and Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve's perspective, and with that cast—which currently includes Timothée Chalamet (as Paul Atreides, played by Kyle MacLachlan in the Lynch film), Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Zendaya, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin and possibly Jason Momoa to name a few—and a premiere date less than two years away he's definitely hedging his bets.
Let's face it: David Lynch was, in hindsight, perhaps not the best choice the first time around. Lynch is an artistic genius but big, universally-relatable hero's journey-based stories aren't necessarily compatible with the brain of the man who concocted the dreamy clockwork of mysteries known as Twin Peaks, seasons 1-3.
Denis Villeneuve, on the other hand, may just get it after all. Here's what he had to say about it over a year ago, according to Cinema Blend: "Most of the main ideas of Star Wars are coming from Dune so it's going to be a challenge to [tackle] this. The ambition is to do the Star Wars movie I never saw. In a way, it's Star Wars for adults. We'll see."
Millions of Star Wars fans the world over might object to the idea they were watching a kiddie version of Dune all along, even though the connections were always there.
Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049 wasn't necessarily a big hit but it was extremely well-reviewed and considered a worthy follow-up to the original. It's not a stretch to imagine he'll do a bang-up job.
We'll known for sure when Dune is released in IMAX and 3D on November 20, 2020.