Denis Villeneuve, a self-proclaimed fan of the Star Wars franchise, has been steadily working on the much-awaited Dune remake for nearly a year now.
Following the recent inclusion of screenwriter Eric Roth from the critically acclaimed Forrest Gump, the passion project is finally starting to take shape. The director believes that it is now time to assure everyone what the reboot will offer.
Speaking with Fandom in a recent interview, he pointed out that his Dune remake will basically be the Star Wars film he never saw–or made for that matter.
“Most of the main ideas of Star Wars are coming from Dune so it’s going to be a challenge to [tackle] this,” Villeneuve said. “The ambition is to do the Star Wars movie I never saw. In a way, it’s Star Wars for adults.”
Dune is a renowned science fiction novel by Frank Herbert that was published back in 1965. The writing, in many ways, proved to be a great source of inspiration for science fiction publications in various medias over the years. This includes the Star Wars franchise, featuring several elements that were taken directly from the original novel.
In fact, director George Lucas has previously acknowledged the influence that Dune had on Star Wars: A New Hope, the first installment in the original trilogy that went on to earn more than $775 million in the box office. Hence, it is not wrong to say that the Star Wars franchise partially owes its success to Dune.
Villeneuve has a great desire to direct a standalone Star Wars movie for Lucasfilm and Disney. While he is yet to receive any calls, the Blade Runner 2049 director hopes to turn heads with his Dune remake.
As for why Dune needs a reboot in the cinematic sphere and not a sequel, the original adaptation from David Lynch was a critical and commercial failure. The plot left the audience confused, the dialogues were cheesy, and it was overall anything what the novel offered.