Denis Villeneuve wants a break before Dune remake

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 8 March 2017
Denis Villeneuve

Denis Villeneuve

'Sicario' director Denis Villeneuve has revealed he intends to take a break before he starts work on his re-imagination of 'Dune' - which was originally brought to the big screen in 1984 by David Lynch and is based on the book of the same name by Frank Herbert

Denis Villeneuve will get to work on the 'Dune' remake once he's had a rest after completing 'Blade Runner 2049'.

The 49-year-old French/Canadian director's schedule has been relentless as once he had finished 'Sicario' he moved straight onto acclaimed sci-fi flick 'Arrival' and then onto the 'Blade Runner' sequel which is in post-production now and is due to hit cinemas in October.

Villeneuve will stay in the science-fiction genre to bring his own vision of Frank Herbert's book 'Dune' - which was made into a movie by David Lynch in 1984 - but only once he's taken a break after completing his duties on the follow-up film to Sir Ridley Scott's 1982 classic.

In an interview with Cinema Blend, he said: "I did 'Prisoners', and then after that, in the past six years I have done five movies - which is not a good idea! It's too fast. And I learned a lot, I learned so much, for the time now I need just a little time to digest.

"I would love to just digest and then come back with more energy for 'Dune' with fresh ideas. I need that right now! And so I need distance a little bit."

Villeneuve has long wanted to remake 'Dune' and tell the tale of the battle for the planet Arrakis back to a new generation of cinema goers.

He previously said: "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'. 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' is also one of my favourites. 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 long-standing dream of mine is to adapt 'Dune'."

The 1984 'Dune' film received negative reviews upon its release but as the decades have past the film - which starred Kyle MacLachlan, Sir Patrick Stewart, Francesca Annis, Leonardo Cimino and Brad Dourif among others - has become a cult classic of the genre.


  • 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

The director of Blade Runner 2049 takes a crack at Frank Herbert's notoriously unfilmable sci-fi epic. The story is likely to be split across two films.