While Denis Villeneuve has an uphill battle convincing audiences to see his latest incarnation of Frank Herbert’s Dune it sounds like the director of the 1984 feature film won’t be seeing it.
During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, director David Lynch revealed he has “zero interest” in seeing any version Dune, now or in the future. Lynch had tackled a feature film in 1984 which failed to become a hit at the box office or win over film critics.
THR: This week they released a few photos from the new big-screen adaptation of Dune by Denis Villeneuve. Have you seen them?
LYNCH: “I have zero interest in Dune.”
THR: Why’s that?
LYNCH: “Because it was a heartache for me. It was a failure and I didn’t have final cut. I’ve told this story a billion times. It’s not the film I wanted to make. I like certain parts of it very much — but it was a total failure for me.”
THR: You would never see someone else’s adaptation of Dune?
LYNCH: “I said I’ve got zero interest.”
Understandably, David might be too close to the material to see another version of Dune being made. He’s also not the type of person to hold back to what he thinks.
DUNE – A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, “Dune” tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence—a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential—only those who can conquer their fear will survive.
Denis Villeneuve’s version has the tentative release date of December 18th.