Once the press tour wraps up for the upcoming Blade Runner 2049, director Denis Villeneuve already has his next project lined up. That will be in the form of Frank Herbert’s science fiction classic, Dune. Villeneuve’s film just landed some more talent in the way of Eric Roth, who won the Oscar for his Forrest Gump screenplay.
Dune has a fairly infamous history when it comes to film. There’s already a film adaptation of it, being directed by David Lynch in 1984. The film featured Kyle MacLachlan and Sting, and is something of a cult film now, considering how maligned it was in its time. There’s also a documentary based on the fantastical and insane plans that Alejandro Jodorowsky had when he was supposed to adapt the book.
While I can’t speak for Eric Roth’s talents, if there is any director who can successfully run with Dune, it is Denis Villeneuve. I don’t have a shadow of a doubt over this man. In fact he just might be favorite working director at the moment. His 2010 film Incendies was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, and he’s been on such a roll ever since then. The run of Prisoners, Enemy, Sicario, and Arrival is one of the best chronological runs from a director, and he isn’t done yet. His Blade Runner 2049 comes out on October 6th of this year (happy birthday to me!). It is my most anticipated film that isn’t Rian Johnson’s upcoming Star Wars film. Villeneuve, for me, is someone who I trust with any film and am beyond excited for anything that he will make from now on out.
Denis Villeneuve was Academy Award nominated for directing Arrival.
In addition to his Forrest Gump win, Eric Roth has also been nominated for writing Munich, The Insider, and The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button.