Following Denis Villeneuve’s sudden rise in popularity as a result of his success with his most recent film in Arrival, the eyes of the science fiction world have been looking to the up-and-coming director with eager anticipation as to what projects he will take on next. Although Villeneuve made a name for himself in recent years as a director for well-received action and mystery films such as Sicario and Prisoners, following Arrival it is evident he is looking to stick with the sci-fi genre, a genre which viewers all now know he is more than capable of excelling at. Villeneuve’s next film will be Blade Runner 2049, a sequel to Harrison Ford’s Blade Runner of 1982, which will undoubtedly encapsulate the sci-fi genre. However, more recently it was announced Villeneuve signed on with Legendary Entertainment to direct the film adaptation of Dune, the popular science fiction series of novels from the 1980’s.
Although the series of novels was already adapted to a film in 1984 followed by a television miniseries in 2000, an updated interpretation of the source content, especially at the hands of Denis Villeneuve, would likely provide for an excellent film. The author of the Dune series, Frank Herbert, originally wrote six novels while his son carried on the task of writing Dune novels after his passing and wrote fourteen novels of his own. Evidently, Villeneuve has a large variety of source content to work with for his film. Whether or not the newest film will be a direct remake of the previous film or miniseries or explore unused content from the variety of other films is yet to be said, as little-to-no other details regarding the film have yet to be released. However, with the rich amount of stories, characters, etc. from the many Dune novels, it is very possible Legendary Entertainment will green-light sequels, whether they be directed by Villeneuve or not. Regardless, science fiction fans can expect great things coming from Denis Villeneuve in the near future.
Denis Villeneuve’s work can be seen in theaters today in Arrival as well as Blade Runner 2049 which is set to premiere in theaters on October 6th of this year.
Source: Rotten Tomatoes