Denis Villeneuve Changed His Tune with ‘Dune’ — ‘I Wanted This Movie to Be My Best Pop Movie’

Denis Villeneuve Changed His Tune with ‘Dune’ — ‘I Wanted This Movie to Be My Best Pop Movie’
Denis Villeneuve mixes the sophisticated sensitivity of an artist with the drive of an ambitious A-list director who loves big-scale epics — even when they don’t love him back. He still feels the disappointing box office of 2017 “Blade Runner 2049” ($260 million worldwide). “It’s one of the most beautiful, worst ideas,” he told me before his New York Film Festival showing of “Dune.” “We were making something that was very special. And it was a privilege, but it made no sense in a way! I’m just happy that I’m still allowed to make movies.”

This also means that, unlike David Lynch and Alejandro Jodorowsky before him, Villeneuve can’t afford to divebomb his $165-million “Dune.” Over the four years that he developed with Legendary Entertainment Frank Herbert’s otherworldly 1965 saga (which he had adored since his early teens), he wanted to ensure his big-screen adaptation was much more
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