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Denis Villeneuve Didn’t Want ‘Dune’ to Look Too Much Like

Denis Villeneuve mentioned that in bringing Frank Herbert’s “Dune” to the display screen, he was targeted on not making it his personal imaginative and prescient however Herbert’s. But there’s one different massive film that acquired in the way in which of that imaginative and prescient: “Star Wars.”

“The main…I will not say ‘enemy,’ was ‘Star Wars,’” Villeneuve instructed TheWrap’s Steve Pond on the Toronto International Film Festival. “It’s well known that ‘Star Wars’ has been deeply inspired by ‘Dune,’ and here we are, making a ‘Dune’ movie, and we are ‘Star Wars’ kids. To find our own identity and bring something that we are hoping is fresh and new for the audience, it was a fun challenge.”

Thankfully, Villeneuve’s “Dune” treats Herbert’s e-book like “The Bible,” adhering attentively to the visible cues and particulars Herbert wrote all through the novel. And he labored intently with only a single storyboard artist and idea artist in defining the wealthy, sweeping and imposing visible language of the world and notably the desert planet Arrakis.

Timothee Chalamet and Rebecca Ferguson in Dune

Though Villeneuve says his movie is meant to be accessible sufficient that people who find themselves unfamiliar with the novel will respect the story, he considers himself a mega fan of the e-book and tried to make it precisely as he and so many others envisioned the world as youngsters.

“I had such powerful source material. All the detail made by Frank Herbert is so rich and precise, the dream was the people who loved the book will feel we put a camera in their mind and brought back images that will feel like what they imagined when they read the book,” he mentioned. “I went back to those old dreams and I worked alone with my storyboard artist to figure out what would be the visual language of the movie.”

Villeneuve says that “Dune” has been his “Holy Grail” for a number of years since changing into a filmmaker. Starting from the French-language “Incendies” and shifting by way of “Prisoners,” “Sicario,” “Arrival” and at last “Blade Runner 2049,” his films have gotten bigger and extra technically formidable. But he admits he’s a “slow learner” and would’ve by no means been in a position to make “Dune” years in the past with out having the instruments he has now.

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Still, he’s not constructive he wholly fulfilled that imaginative and prescient he initially had when he first picked up the e-book, and he’s nonetheless longing for the prospect to make “Dune Part Two” and full that imaginative and prescient, however he believes he acquired fairly darn shut.

“At the end of the day, I made this movie for myself. To please a part of myself that wanted it to exist and express myself for decades. The big challenge was to not disappoint myself. Me being a hardcore ‘Dune’ fan. I will say that when I look at the final movie now, there’s moments where I feel that I got pretty close to the old dream. And that brings enormous joy inside me,” he mentioned. “I will not say the movie is perfectly what the dream was. That would be a lie, and it means I have space to evolve. I learned so much doing this movie, but if there’s ever a Dune Part 2 I will need to be better frankly.”

“Dune” is enjoying on the Toronto International Film Festival and can open in theaters on October 22. Watch the complete interview with Denis Villeneuve above.

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