While I remain a big fan of the flop 1984 David Lynch movie [not so much the TV series], I’m excited about Denis Villeneuve bringing Frank Herbert’s Dune to the screen and here comes some news that should please lovers of the very hefty novel. Herbert’s son Brian has tweeted that the upcoming reboot will only adapt half of the book, presumably saving the rest for a sequel.
“I have just received Draft #4 of the Dune screenplay from Legendary Pictures. This is for the first movie, covering approximately half of the novel Dune. I’m very excited and pleased about this, and I’m beginning to burn the midnight oil.”
This is all well and good when the Lynch film condensed so much, but having read the book myself a great majority of it is dialogue and perhaps not as cinematic as one may expect. For now though I’ll have faith in the man who brought us a sequel to Blade Runner that, against the ends, turned out to be almost as good.