After Blade Runner 2049 received five nominations at the Oscars and $259m at the worldwide box office, Canadian director Denis Villeneuve is preparing his next film.
Adapted from the 1965 novel by Frank Herbert, Villeneuve is attempting a book to screen conversion last overseen by auteur filmmaker David Lynch. On this occasion, Villeneuve has chosen to separate Dune into two parts, he told La Presse. "I would have preferred to film both parts at the same time," he said, "but it would have been too expensive. We'll film them one by one."
Villeneuve had previously floated the idea that "Dune" could have been extended to more than two movies. Eric Roth, of Forrest Gump, Munich, The Insider and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, wrote the new treatment in collaboration with Villeneuve.
The director told La Presse that he had "not had as much fun on a creative level since [multi-award winning fourth film] 'Incendies,'" the last feature that he had written, and the last feature-length French language project he had worked on.
After Middle-Eastern war drama Incendies, he directed Prisoners, Enemy, Sicario and then Arrival before 2017's very long awaited cyberpunk sequel Blade Runner 2049.
The interview was conducted at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this month but the Dune detail, mentioned at the foot of the article, is only just now attracting widespread attention.
Dune is expected to enter production in 2019.