Kyle MacLachlan: Dune should have been remade as a TV series

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 18 August 2020
Kyle MacLachlan

Kyle MacLachlan

Kyle MacLachlan, who starred in the original 'Dune', believes it should have been remade as a television series rather than a film

Kyle MacLachlan believes that 'Dune' should have been remade as a TV series rather than a film.

The 61-year-old actor played the role of Paul Atreides in the 1984 sci-fi movie, which is now being remade by Denis Villeneuve in a planned two-part adaptation. However, Kyle feels that the story is better suited to the small screen.

He told IndieWire: "I would lobby for three or more films, because it has that kind of potential to really open up. In my imagination, I always thought it would be great to approach it like a 'Game of Thrones' model, where you have seasons, or at least a 10-part series, or a 12-part series. You could really go from beginning to end."

Kyle described the original 'Dune' film – directed by David Lynch and based on Frank Herbert's novel of the same name – as a "flawed gem" and feels that it is very difficult to recreate.

The 'Twin Peaks' star explained: "My feelings about it evolve over time. I look at it as a flawed gem.

"It's stunning in so many ways. As a story, and trying to recreate that story, it's almost impossible. It's incredibly dense, and a little bit like a house of cards. If you leave out one element of the story or another, the structure tends to wobble, and you don't get the full effect."

Kyle – whose role will be played by Timothee Chalamet in the new movie – previously admitted that was "very excited" to see Villeneuve's remake of the cult classic.

He said: "I'm very excited to see it. I'm very much looking forward to the vision Denis has. David Lynch, of course, it's a very specific vision, so this will be something completely different, I'm sure. Why not have both stand on their own merits?"

Dune

  • 5 stars
  • 2021
  • US
  • 2h 35min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
  • Cast: Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Dave Bautista, Stellan Skarsgård, Charlotte Rampling, Zendaya, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, David Dastmalchian, Chang Chen
  • UK release: 21 October 2021

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