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Will Dune finally succeed where others have failed?

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Dune is the kind of sprawling, idiosyncratic book that would have previously been labeled Hollywood impossible to film … this impossibility, before Peter Jackson managed to make an 11-hour-plus version of The Lord of the Rings in three parts, and Warner Brothers have adapted every novel in JK Rowling’s Harry Potter saga without combining main characters or leaving out plots.

Nowadays, studios understand that if you’re going to mess with a beloved romance, there had better be a very good reason to do so. With the advent of ‘social media’, it only takes a few radical acolytes to ‘point out’ that a movie is not doing its essence justice, and some heads will ‘roll’ out of ‘Mount Doom’ faster than we can say ‘Tom Bombadil’.

Lynch had originally planned a three-hour-plus film version to cover the novel’s epic expansion, but was forced to cut it down to 137 minutes at the request of sponsor Dino De Laurentiis and his producer daughter Raffaella. A longer TV version that lasted 186 minutes and featured short scenes and conceptual art footage was allegedly repudiated for the filmmaker’s anguish, who reportedly turned down all Universal Studio’s proposals to make a final “director’s cut.”

blankVilleneuve described his mixed feelings towards Lynch’s version, despite calling his predecessor “The Master”. “When I saw Dune, I remember being excited, but his opinion… there are parts that I love and other elements that I feel less comfortable with,” he laments. “I remember being kind of satisfied. That’s why I thought to myself, ‘There’s still a movie that needs to be made about this book, just with a different sensibility’.

Lynch, for his part, said he has no intention of seeing Villeneuve conquer. “I’m not interested in Dune,” he told the Hollywood Reporter last year. “Because it was a headache for me. It was a failure and I didn’t have an ‘end cut’. I’ve told this story a billion times.

It’s not the movie I wanted to make. I really like certain parts – but it was a total failure for me. Frank Herbert’s extensive science fiction saga completely defeated Alejandro Jodorowsky in the 1970s, while David Lynch hates his own compromised 1984 version. What kind of idiot filmmaker would go on with the first part of a great fantasy epic without first establishing which studio responsible for this , and will still scrape together the money for part two?

That’s the position Ralph Bakshi found himself in when his 1978 animated version of JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings failed to impress critics, and it’s Denis Villeneuve’s position regarding his next take on Frank Herbert’s space fantasy, Dune, which hits theaters and the HBO streaming service on October 22nd.

There’s no doubt that David Lynch’s first big-screen take on this 1984 tale of interstellar rivalries is far-fetched. The first trailers featuring Timothée Chalamet as the messianic Paul Atreides, as well as
with a stellar cast, including Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Charlotte Rampling and Javier Bardem, impressed science fiction fans.

But then, Villeneuve’s previous sci-fi show, Bladerunner 2049, was equally a fan favorite and received rave reviews, but ended up with an average box office. And yet all talk of a third movie quickly evaporated.

Before Lynch, Chilean-French independent director Alejandro Jodorowsky had made a failed attempt to film the novel in the mid-1970s. as a discussed music scene provided by Pink Floyd (after Tangerine Dream was dropped), artists HR Giger, Chris Foss and Jean Giraud responsible for the background and character design and Dan O’Bannon for the special effects, remains one of the greats. fantasy shows. As detailed in the excellent 2013 documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune, the 1970s version would not be 120 or 180 minutes long, but an impressive 14 hours in breadth and scope.

Villeneuve will have no such problems in relation to the ‘final cut’ of the first part of Dune. But it needs to prove that the second one deserves to be financed. And he had to suffer the indignity of seeing his film go straight to a streaming service on the same date it opens in US theaters. Fortunately for Villeneuve and his many fans, modern Hollywood is also less likely to skimp on special effects budgets than what it supposedly did in the 1980s. If trailers are anything to go by, the Canadian vision of the desert planet Arrakis looks like the one in our dreams. The tone is dark and delightfully somber, the cinematography is splendid, palatial scenes opulent, the sandworms colossal and menacing.

Source: TheGuardian

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