Best part of Blade Runner 2049's press junket was word that Denis Villeneuve's next project would be adapting Frank Herbert's Dune.
I can go on all day about Dune but, simply put, Dune is a true masterpiece that should be taught in High School English classes. (Fortunately and/or unfortunately) David Lynch's off-the-mark 1980's adaptation helped keep Dune firmly in the domain of sci-fi geeks for decades (arguably, the height of Dune's popularity was during the burgeoning eco-consciousness of the late '60's and early '70's). But with a real talent like Villeneuve at the helm, I expect Dune will now go into the cultural mainstream the way Tolkien's Lord of Rings benefited from the good work of Peter Jackson.
I'm most encouraged that Villeneuve is inspired to bring the film life as he envisioned it:
“[My adaptation] will not have any link with the David Lynch movie. I’m going back to the book, and going to the images that came out when I read it.”
Frank Herbert's visual descriptions are fantastic -- and I confess I didn't have a full appreciation for Herbert's talent until I was an adult. When I was younger, I was so enthralled by the plot, that I didn't appreciate his visual mastery. With Blade Runner 2049, I know Villeneuve can deliver.
My one fear is that Frank Herbert's son or the Wanda Group messes with the adaptation -- but fear is the mind killer, so I'm going to be optimistic and very hung-ho for this project.
I look forward for the casting rumors to start and hope that Charlize Theron gets the nod as Lady Jessica and perhaps Tom Holland as the young Paul Maud'dib.