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Old 01-13-2018, 11:43 AM   #1
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Villeneuve's Dune

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:

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“[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.

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Old 06-03-2018, 06:20 PM   #2
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Another good sign. . . .

Dune to be broken into two films.

This a good sign because there's too much good content and multiple narratives in the novel for one film. As we've just seen with Infinity War, it is likely good to get away from 'Part I' and 'Part II' subtitles. I'll be very interested in what subtitles they come up with.

Villeneuve has billed 'Dune' as 'Star Wars for adults.' Given the dysfunction at Lucasfilm, his timing on this adaptation couldn't be better.
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Old 06-04-2018, 01:18 PM   #3
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With Blade Runner 2049, I know Villeneuve can deliver.
Agreed.
I have now watched BR2049 several times, and it's become one of my all time favorite sci-fi movies along with the original.

can't wait for Villeneuve's Dune(s), I'm sure he'll do a great job with them too.
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Old 06-04-2018, 03:25 PM   #4
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This certainly is most excellent news. I believe that if anyone can do it, he will.

One thing in defense of David Lynch' version though. I believe he was making a faithful adaptation but the studio shut him down because he was way over budget.

Lynch then just angrily hacked together the shots that he did have and walked away from the project.

Or at least that is what I always understood.
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Old 06-04-2018, 10:34 PM   #5
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So you know all of dune is based on a pun - right
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So you know all of dune is based on a pun - right



Please enlighten us!
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Please enlighten us!

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Though melange probably translates more as 'mixed' instead of 'variety'.
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Variety is the Spice of Life.


Check out the big brain on Pale!!!!!
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