Director Denis Villeneuve Video Interview – Contenders Los Angeles – Deadline


Dune co-writer, director and producer Denis Villeneuve and producer Mary Parent joined Deadline on Sunday on Warner Bros’ panel for the sci-fi epic on the Contenders Film: Los Angeles awards-season occasion on the DGA Theater.

“It all started, obviously, with Frank Herbert writing a seminal piece of work,” stated Parent. “I think it was around 2013 when myself and my fellow producer Cale Boyter started chasing the rights.” After ready years for the rights to be secured, Parent “read an article that it was Denis’ dream to make the film.”

“It was the fastest meeting of my life, it was like 45 seconds,” stated Villeneuve. “I was dreaming to work on these books for 40 years, and we just shook hands and that was it.”

The newest adaptation of Herbert’s science fiction story takes place within the distant future. The Atreides household accepts the stewardship of the desert planet Arrakis, generally known as Dune, the place the desert is mined for a priceless useful resource referred to as “spice.” A betrayal leads Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) and his mom, Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson), on a treacherous journey.

To make the sci-fi epic of his goals, realism was a vital issue for Villeneuve.

“I remember saying, as a joke, they didn’t do Jaws in a swimming pool,” he stated. “The movie is called Dune, I wanted it to be in a real desert. It was important for me that the art of the book, nature, religion, and biology… I wanted it to be close to life. I wanted the movie to be as grounded in reality as possible, to get the power of nature.”

“The book was the Bible,” he stated. “The first thing we said to each other was that we are not doing a remake here, we are making a new adaptation. We are going back to the origin, to the book. For the design, we did it like Frank Herbert, we were inspired by biology and ecology. Everything has been made in relationship with the ecosystem in which these things are they are. There’s a scientific logic to everything.”

In phrases of the sequel, Villeneuve stated, “The first movie was really an introduction into the world, one of the main challenges was to make sure that the fans of the book would recognize the world, recognize the ideas and poetry, but that people who had never heard about the book or read the book will understand what the movie is about. In the second movie, now that this introduction has been made, it’s gonna be much more playful and cinematically fun to do.”

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Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgard, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Zendaya, Chang Chen and Sharon Duncan-Brewster co-star, together with Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa and Javier Bardem. Villenueve directed from a screenplay he co-wrote with Jon Spaihts and Eric Roth.

The pic debuted in Venice and opened October 22 in North America. Watch the trailer right here.

Check again Tuesday for the panel video.

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