Former Dune director Alejandro Jodorowsky revealed his reaction to the trailer for the upcoming film from Denis Villeneuve.
While the first trailer for Denis Villeneuve’s Dune wowed science-fiction and film fans alike, it seems the original director for a version of the film isn’t as impressed. Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Dune was set to include the likes of Mick Jagger and Orson Welles, but it never made it off the ground. And after David Lynch’s Dune became a critical and commercial flop, the book was deemed un-filmable. But after his incredible work with Blade Runner 2049, fans are incredibly keen to see more of Denis Villeneuve’s vision of the book written by Frank Herbert. Unfortunately in an interview with Le Point (and translated by ComicBook.com) Jodorowsky thinks the trailer looked predictable.
“I wish his Dune would be a great success, because Denis Villeneuve is a nice director, about whom I have been told a lot of good things. I saw the trailer. It’s very well done. We can see that it is industrial cinema, that there is a lot of money, and that it was very expensive. But if it was very expensive, it must pay in proportion. And that is the problem: there is no surprises. The form is identical to what is done everywhere, the lighting, the acting, everything is predictable.”
While the former Dune director praised Denis Villeneuve, he blasted the style of the footage. Jodorowsky went on to criticize mainstream cinema, saying that it is simply entertainment rather than being able to “change humanity.” Whether or not the director will see the new film after watching the trailer remains to be seen, but he previously mentioned that he’d be interested to watch it.
“Industrial cinema is incompatible with auteur cinema. For the former, money before, for the second, it’s the opposite, whatever the quality of a director, whether my friend Nicolas Winding Refn or Denis Villeneuve. Industrial cinema promotes entertainment, it is a show that is not intended to change humanity or society.”
What did. you think of the trailer for Denis Villeneuve’s Dune? Do you think it’ll be better than Alejandro Jodorowsky is expecting? Did you enjoy the David Lynch version? Sound-off in the comments below!
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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