Arrival and Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve is currently racing to wrap up post-production on the first film in his epic two-part adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune.
It’s set to hit this Christmas and today, supervising art director Tom Brown teased what we can expect from Villeneuve’s grand “seminal version.”
Brown says: “I think what Denis Villeneuve is doing is what’s called a seminal version of this story. I don’t think it will be topped, to be perfectly honest. The sheer scale of it is going to be daunting. But I do think it’s going to be extremely special. I heard in the paper the other day that they’re looking at the new ‘Lord of the Rings,’ and I firmly believe that. I think it’s going to be up there with those kinds of films, really.”
Bring it on, I say!
He adds: “The great thing about this is that it’s so realistic. It’s not like anything they’ve seen before. The attitude that Denis and [production designer] Patrice [Vermette took] was, what would happen if these things could actually fly? Unlike a lot of spaceships that just sort of lift off and fly, these have an incredible realism to them. Even though some of the spaceships are the size of skyscrapers, others are two-seater vehicles.”