North America discovers “Dune”, its director is already dreaming of the sequel

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(AFP) – At the Toronto Film Festival, Canadian Denis Villeneuve was able to fulfill one of his dreams on Saturday for his adaptation of “Dune”: a screening on a very big screen and immersive, which is “the right way to see the film”.

This film, which made the event at the Venice Film Festival last week, is a masterpiece of science fiction, of which no adaptation had so far really convinced.

“You receive all the power of landscapes, and at the same time is the best way to become intimate with the characters “, explains Denis Villeneuve.

The Canadian director of” Sicario “,” Premier Contact “or even” Blade Runner 2049 “has chosen a star panel for the interpretation: Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Javier Bardem or even Zendaya.

Denis Villeneuve had severely criticized the decision to have a double North American release on 22 October, both in theaters and on r small screen via HBO Max, the streaming platform of the American giant WarnerMedia.

This decision announced in the midst of a pandemic, when the cinemas were not yet reopened, does not respect “neither the love for the cinema, nor for the public” had denounced the director. condemns a possible sequel.

The film only takes up the intrigue of the first part of Frank Herbert’s first book. In this saga, tribes and potentates clash, millennia after our era, for control of the spice, a blend that prolongs life, offers prophetic powers and enables space travel.

Denis Villeneuve told the Toronto red carpet on Saturday that if a sequel was “that would be fantastic”. “I just laid the groundwork – the world is explained to the public now. + Dune two + would be pure cinematic pleasure for me.”

Rebecca Ferguson, who plays the royal concubine Lady Jessica, said that she also didn’t know anything about the possible sequel, but dreams of it.

“Did he write it? I don’t know. I hope, “she told AFP. “Unless he’s holding someone else,” she adds.

With the first of six volumes in the “Dune” cycle, Frank Herbert laid in 1965 the bases of a “space opera” which will become a major work of science fiction, with considerable influence, in Star Wars in particular.

Taking at the same time the Greek tragedy, the biblical myth and the medieval epic, “Dune” seemed cut for the cinema. However, it drags the reputation of cursed film par excellence, several directors having broken their teeth. The adaptation of the famous David Lynch, released in 1984, had been a commercial flop.

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