Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve may soon Bless the Maker.
The filmmaker, who also made Sicario and Arrival, appeared on the Four Quadrant podcast and addressed rumors he might be up for the James Bond directing gig. He told the hosts, “I had some contact [with the production] and the thing is that I’m busy right now doing Dune. But, I will say to have the privilege to work with [star Daniel Craig] it would be a dream.”
Of course, the notion that Villeneuve might direct a Bond movie fills people with glee. But the real story here is the possibility that he will make a new Dune picture actually happen.
The book is famously unfilmable. It’s defeated the likes of Alejandro Jodorowsky and Ridley Scott. In more recent years, Peter Berg and Francis Lawrence found they could not adapt a book mainly focused on people sitting in chairs and drinking spice coffee into a major tentpole action release. And there are some who would say the feature film version which does exist, David Lynch’s Dune, only underscores how impossible it is to make Frank Herbert’s universe a compelling film experience.
I, however, love Lynch’s Dune and will point out — at length — that it is a ridiculously faithful adaptation despite a studio expecting Star Wars and a mad executive producer expecting Star Wars sized returns. And like Lynch, Villeneuve may be one of the few people around who could do the book justice. It’s filled with amazing characters, crazy ideas and wonderfully out-there dialogue.
It also features plenty of landscapes for Villeneuve and cinematographer Roger Deakins to frame beautiful pictures with; even the ugliness of Giedi Prime could be amazing to look at with their talents.
But people come and go with Dune and I’m not inclined to believe it’s happening until Villeneuve has wrapped production. It’s always possible the pull of Bond may be too strong to resist. Nevertheless, I’m hoping the man is series and that he can make a great Dune adaptation.