David Lynch opens up about Dune remake
Audiences’ anticipation has been building steadily for Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049)’s upcoming adaptation of the Frank Herbert novel Dune, and though star of the 1984 iteration Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks) has expressed excitement over the film, it appears writer/director David Lynch doesn’t share the same enthusiasm.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the Oscar and Emmy-nominated writer/director revealed that he has “zero interest” in giving Villeneuve’s adaptation of Dune a watch, but rather than be out of malice or attachment to his version is more due to the notoriety and pain attached to it.
“Because it was a heartache for me,” Lynch explained. “It was a failure and I didn’t have final cut. I’ve told this story a billion times. It’s not the film I wanted to make. I like certain parts of it very much — but it was a total failure for me.”
The star-studded cast includes Timothée Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name), Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible — Fallout) and Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) in leading roles. The film will also feature Zendaya (Spider-Man: Far From Home) Jason Momoa (Aquaman), Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy), Javier Bardem (No Country For Old Men), Stellan Skarsgard (Thor: The Dark World), Charlotte Rampling (The Night Porter) and Josh Brolin (Avengers: Endgame).
Villeneuve is best known for directing Blade Runner 2049 as well as Sicario. Though Dune will likely resemble the former film more than the latter, both display the sort of experience directing arid, desolate locales that a fan would want in their Dune director, considering a sizable chunk of the story takes place on a desert planet.
Dune is currently set to be released in theaters on December 18, 2020.
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