Denis Villeneuve Says His DUNE Will Be ‘STAR WARS For Adults’

Don't take that the wrong way.

Here at BMD, we've been singing Denis Villeneuve's praises for as long as I can remember. We've charted the guy's course for years, watching him go from blistering little indies like Polytechnique and Incendies to top-shelf bizarro fare like Enemy and straight onto the sci-fi genre's "Most Wanted Directors" list with the one-two punch of Arrival and Blade Runner 2049.

Really, there's no one quite like Villeneuve working today, which is one of the reasons we're so excited to see him attached to Legendary's forthcoming Dune adaptation. Many have tried to wrangle Frank Herbert's classic sci-fi novel up onto the big screen, and none have wholly succeeded. If you're determined to take another run at it, you might as well hire a guy like Villeneuve and let him go buck wild.

Speaking of which, what can we expect from Villeneuve's Dune? In a new interview with FANDOM, Villeneuve says:

“Most of the main ideas of Star Wars are coming from Dune so it’s going to be a challenge to [tackle] this. The ambition is to do the Star Wars movie I never saw. In a way, it’s Star Wars for adults. We’ll see.”

Hrm. Implying that Star Wars is not for adults might not go over very well with the Star Wars fanbase (certain sections of which are currently editing all the women out of The Last Jedi and recently spent weeks shrieking on Twitter at Rian Johnson for "ruining Star Wars"), but that's really the bad faith reading of Villeneuve's statement: what he's probably trying to say is that Dune will be a more adult-oriented Star Wars - more violent, sexier, weirder, scarier. We like the sound of that just fine.

Stay tuned for further updates on Dune as they become available.