Denis Villeneuve provides 'Dune' update, but insists he needs a break after 'Blade Runner 2049'
The 'Prisoners,' 'Enemy,' 'Sicario,' and 'Arrival' director has had a busy few years
Denis Villeneuve is feeling a little burned out. The French-Canadian director has every right to feel sleepy, too, as “Blade Runner 2049” marks his fifth film in five years, following “Prisoners,” “Enemy,” “Sicario,” and “Arrival.”
Villeneuve clearly believes there’s no rest for the wicked, because back in February it was revealed that the director would be overseeing a remake of David Lynch’s “Dune.” Last month I had the opportunity to talk to Villeneuve regarding “Blade Runner 2049,” and towards the end of our discussion I asked the filmmaker for an update on “Dune.”
“The thing is I’m not used to talking about projects that are still in the womb. We are writing the movie right now, and I’ve done concept art, but it is early.”
There’s a good reason why Villeneuve wasn’t so forthcoming with news on “Dune,” though, as the filmmaker quickly admitted that he needs some time to rest and recover.
“Honestly I need to sleep for two to three months because I have made five movies in six years. And I feel it right now. It is more than re-charging my batteries, though, it is also to reflect and think. I have done several movies in a row and thinking and always being present about what I was doing.”
Denis Villeneuve’s above comments once again suggest that his “Dune” film is quite a bit away, something that the director has previously insisted himself. At the Russian press conference for “Blade Runner 2049” back in September Villeneuve did confirm that his version of “Dune” isn’t a “reboot or a remake at all,” but instead he is “just going back to the novel” with it, before adding that he “wasn’t happy” with David Lynch’s 1984 version.
While we wait for Villeneuve’s take on “Dune” fans of the director, and visually resplendent films in general, should check out his efforts on the critically acclaimed “Blade Runner 2049.”