Denis Villeneuve’s Dune remake will be “honoring the spirit” of Frank Herbert’s source material. Actor David Dastmalchian is reuniting with Villeneuve for the project and he can’t wait for people to see it. Production is currently underway and Herbert fans are starting to get a lot more curious about the project. Villeneuve has been hyping the massive project for a few years now and we’re getting pretty close to receiving a taste of what’s to come.
In a new interview, David Dastmalchian talked about how excited he is to be working with Denis Villeneuve again for the Dune remake and spoke a little bit about the script. Dastmalchian is playing Piter de Vries, the “sadistic follower of the villainous Baron Vladimir Harkonnen.” And while he couldn’t say much about the movie, he did offer some promising information. He had this to say.
“I can’t really discuss much about the script or the plot itself, but I can just tell you that that old phrase ‘true to the spirit’ or ‘honoring the spirit of’ (applies). Quite honestly I haven’t even seen the most recent([version) of the script, but in the way Denis has talked about the film and what I’ve seen, it’s absolutely true to and in honor of everything that Frank put into the novel… (Denis is) just so fearless, man. He makes choices and then he goes into the places that we need right now as audiences.”
David Dastmalchian previously worked on Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners and Blade Runner 2049. With that being said, he believes the director is taking movies to a new place. Many believe Villeneuve is pushing the visual boundaries, but Dastmalchian thinks he’s going even further than that. He explains.
“I’m so grateful and excited to be a part of Denis’ vision. I think that he is one of the greatest filmmakers of our time and any time, and I believe what he’s going to do here, it’s just going to take people to a whole other place. When you think about Arrival and Blade Runner 2049, those are the two science fiction films that he’s crafted, you see his gift for telling stories that are visually stunning, but that are also rooted in really complex ideas and really fascinating characters.”
Watching David Lynch’s take on Dune was not something David Dastmalchian thought he needed to revisit. The same can probably be said for the rest of the cast of the remake since the movie was not exactly what Frank Herbert fans had in mind at the time. With that being said, it’s impossible to take a book as dense as Dune and make it into one short movie. It requires, at the very least, two longer-than-normal projects, which is what Denis Villeneuve is trying to pull off.
The Dune remake is set to hit theaters November 20th, 2020. We still have quite a wait, but fans have been waiting forever for a proper big screen adaptation, so another year isn’t quite so bad. Let’s just hope that David Dastmalchian’s comments remain to true throughout the process of putting everything together. The interview with Dastmalchian was originally conducted by CinemaBlend.