The first director who tried to take on Dune, Alejandro Jodorowsky, says he’s looking forward to watching the new Denis Villeneuve film.
While many science-fiction fans are excited to watch Dune, the director who originally tried to take the project on in the 1970s is also looking forward to seeing what can be done with the infamously difficult story. Alejandro Jodorowsky recently spoke to IndieWire about Denis Villeneuve’s Dune as well as experiences trying to bring the book by Frank Herbert to life. His original version of the film fell apart before production even began, although a recent documentary explored what Jodorowsky’s Dune could’ve looked like.
The filmmaker recently explained to IndieWire that he’ll watch Denis Villenueve’s Dune “with pleasure” because it’ll be different than the versions fans have seen before. Jodorowsky explained that he was happy to see David Lynch’s version fail because it proved that nobody can do it. With those words in mind it’ll be interesting to see the filmmaker’s perspective when Denis Villeneuve’s Dune arrives later this year.
“With pleasure, because it will be different. It’s not the same. It’s impossible to do.The first time they said it was safe to do Dune, and [David Lynch] did it, I was ill, because it was my dream. They showed the picture in Paris, and my son said, ‘You need to see the picture.’ I was ill to do that. Ill. And then they start to show the picture, and step by step, I was so happy, so happy, so happy because it was a sh-tty picture. I realized, Dune, nobody can do it. It’s a legend.”
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Directed by Denis Villeneuve from a script he co-wrote with Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts, Dune stars Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Dave Bautista, Stellan Skarsgard, Charlotte Rampling, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, and Javier Bardem.
A synopsis of Dune reads as follows:
Set in the distant future, Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides whose family accepts control of the desert planet Arrakis. As the only producer of a highly valuable resource, control of Arrakis is highly contested among the noble families. After Paul and his family are betrayed, the story explores themes of politics, religion, and man’s relationship to nature as Paul leads a rebellion to restore his family’s control of Arrakis.
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