Frank Herbert's Dune has always been considered ‘unadaptable' and David Lynch took a huge swing and miss with his 1984 film. Denis Villenueve's Dune remake is set to come out later in the year, and Lynch himself has revealed that he has no interest in watching it.
Talking to The Hollywood Reporter, Lynch has confirmed that he still has some bitter feelings over what went down with the 1984 film. He says, "I have zero interest in ‘Dune.'… 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."
Seeing that Dune has such a sore spot for Lynch, I can understand why he doesn't want anything to do with the upcoming remake. It's kind of like how Edgar Wright describes not watching Marvel's Ant-Man; he likens it to ‘watching his ex-girlfriend have sex.' Even Zack Snyder hasn't watched the theatrical cut of Justice League, a film that credits him as the director.
Though Lynch may not be looking forward to the film, I hope he changes his mind down the line. Villenueve is now considered to be one of the must-watch directors when it comes to sci-fi. It's just sad that his critically acclaimed films don't really translate to box office success. Let's just hope that Legendary lets him finish his Dune films regardless of the reception at the box office.
Dune is still set for a release on Dec. 18.
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