WHat the kind of idiot of a filmmaker who will continue the first part of a major fantasy saga without proving that the studio supporting him will raise money for the second part? This was the situation that Ralph Bakshi found when he was Divisive 1978 Animation In JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, he fails to impress critics, the person Denis Villeneuve finds himself in regarding his upcoming showdown. Space Dunes by Frank Herbert, which hits theaters and HBO on October 22.
There’s no doubt that the first big-screen movie to tackle this interstellar rivalry story since David Lynch’s 1984 dislocation has caused quite a stir. Early trailers depicting Timothée Chalamet as the Messianic Paul Atreides, as well as iconic actors including Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Charlotte Rampling and Javier Bardem, wowed sci-fi fans. But then Villeneuve’s similarly stunning previous sci-fi movie, Bladerunner 2049, was a fan favorite and earning fanatic. Enthusiastic reviews, but ended up with a mediocre movie at the box office. All talk about a third movie It quickly evaporated.
Sand Dunes is the kind of sprawling, private book that Hollywood would one day classify as unfilterable…before Peter Jackson could make a three-part, 11-hour-long version of The Lord of the Rings, it did. Warner Bros. has adapted every novel in JK Rowling’s Harry Potter saga without combining the main characters or excluding the main lines. These days, studios know that if you’re going to mess with a much-loved novel, you better have a good reason to do so. With the rise of social media, it only takes a handful of hardcore helpers to point out that the movie doesn’t do material justice to its source, and heads are pouring into Mount Doom faster than you can say “Tom Bombadil.”
Lynch had originally planned a film version of three hours or more to cover the epic extension of the novel, but had to cut it down to 137 minutes at the behest of backer Dino De Laurentiis and his producer daughter Rafaela. The longest-running 186-minute television version that featured featured excerpts and still images was eventually repudiated by the struggling film-maker, who was said to have rejected all initiatives from the world studio to make the final “director’s cut”.
Before Lynch, Chilean-French dissident director Alejandro Jodorowsky He made an unsuccessful attempt to portray the novel in the mid-1970s. With a crew designed to feature Salvador Dali, Orson Welles, David Cardin and Mick Jagger, as well as a background music cast by Pink Floyd (after Tangerine Dream was eliminated), artists HR Giger, Chris Foss and Jean Giraud for set and character design and Dan O’Bannon for special effects It stands as one of the greatest fantasy scenes yet to be made, and a testament to the obsessive energy of classic star-eyed passion. As detailed in Frank Pavec’s excellent 2013 documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune, the 1970s version won’t be 120 or 180 minutes long, but an astonishing 14 hours in terms of scope and scope. Unfortunately, it doesn’t really exist.
Villeneuve Describe his mixed feelings towards Lynch’s versionAlthough his predecessor was called “Mr.” “When I saw Dune, I remember being excited, but his opinion… there are parts I like and other elements I don’t feel comfortable with,” he said with a sigh. “I remember being half satisfied. That’s why I was thinking to myself, ‘There’s still a movie to be made about this book, just a different feel.'”
Meanwhile, Lynch said he has no intention of seeing Villeneuve’s film. “I have no interest in dunes,” He told the Hollywood Reporter last year. “Because it was heartache for me. It was a failure and I didn’t make the cut. I’ve told this story a billion times. It’s not the movie I wanted to make. I like certain parts of it so much — but it was a complete failure for me.”
Villeneuve at least wouldn’t have such issues with the final cut of the first part of Dune. But he needs to prove that the second is worth the funding. And he had to suffer the humiliation of seeing his movie go Direct to streaming service On the same date it opens in American cinemas. Fortunately for Villeneuve and his many fans, modern Hollywood is unlikely to skimp on special effects budgets than De Laurentiis did in the 1980s. If there’s anything to go through with trailers, the Canadian view of the desert planet Arrakis looks just like the one in our dreams. The tone is deliciously bleak and gloomy, the cinematography is gorgeous, the grandiose scenes are luxuriant, and the sandworms are enormous and ominous. Looks like Jason Momoa is still playing Aquaman Like House Atreides swordsmaster Duncan Idaho, but hey, you can’t have it all.
What kind of idiot director would go on with the first part of a major fantasy saga without proving that the studio supporting him would raise money for the second part? One with a vision to bring this grandiose, stunning, and intricate tale to life on the big screen, and finally did it right.