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Denis Villeneuve Says He Was ‘Half-Satisfied’ By David Lynch’s Dune

September 6, 2020 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

Denis Villeneuve has made his own adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune, but he at least appreciates the David Lynch version, even if he didn’t love it. Villeneuve spoke with Empire promoting his adaptation that is releasing (for now) on December 18th and was asked about Lynch’s 1984 version.

“I’m a big David Lynch fan, he’s the master,” Villeneuve said. “When I saw [Lynch]’s Dune I remember being excited, but his take… there are parts that I love and other elements that I am less comfortable with. So it’s like, I remember being half-satisfied. That’s why I was thinking to myself, ‘There’s still a movie that needs to be made about that book, just a different sensibility.'”

Lynch’s take starred Kyle MacLachlan, Brad Dourif, Virginia Madsen, and Max Von Sydow among others and has long been divisive among sci-fi fans. It was a financial bomb and Lynch himself has referred to it as a failure, noting that he didn’t have final cut. Villeneuve’s version stars Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides, Zendaya as Chani, Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho, Oscar Isaac as Duke Leto, Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck, as well as Rebecca Ferguson (Lady Jessica), Dave Bautista (Glossu “Beast” Rabban), Stellan Skarsgård (Baron Harkonnen), David Dastmalchian (Piter De Vries), Charlotte Rampling (Reverend Mother Mohiam), and Javier Bardem (Stilgar).

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