Late last year, Legendary Pictures acquired the rights to Dune, the classic science fiction novel by Frank Herbert. Denis Villeneuve, who had great success with his sci-fi mind bender Arrival, which is nominated for eight Academy Awards, clearly has a taste for the genre. Villeneuve has just been confirmed to be directing the Dune remake and has Blade Runner 2049 hitting theaters later this year.
Dune previously had a poorly received film adaptation in the 1984 written and directed by David Lynch. This new Dune remake has a few things going for it. With shows like The Expanse being praised for their political relevancy, the sci-fi epic that influenced it and many other shows will have just as many topics relevant to today's audiences.
Dune has never been more relevant than today. On the technical side of things, visual effects have exponentially improved over the last 30+ years. The 1984 version was described by Gene Siskel as "physically ugly" and having cheap special effects. Modern visual and special effects will allow the filmmakers to accomplish anything they need to effectively tell Frank Herbert's story.
The last thing that has me excited for this Dune remake is Denis Villeneuve behind the camera. I doubt Villeneuve has ever had one of his films described as "physically ugly." He works with some of the best cinematographers in the business to create visually beautiful storytelling. Roger Deakins has previously teamed up with Villeneuve on Sicario, Prisoners, and Blade Runner 2049. As Villeneuve demonstrated with Arrival, he is capable of telling a complex science fiction narrative without causing confusion. Dune is certainly a complex story, and the 1984 adaptation was declared "one of the most confusing screenplays of all time" by Roger Ebert.
I am personally excited to see Denis Villeneuve take on another science fiction epic. Are you looking forward to a Dune remake or will it suffer the same fate as its predecessor?