In a recent interview with Cult MTL Magazine, Denis Villeneuve opened up about the challenges he faced in making a film based on such a beloved novel. After all, he read the book as a teen and declared it “stayed with [him] all these years.” The director then opened up about finding a balance between making a film that would appease the devoted fans of the book, as well as newcomers to the story, who have no prior knowledge about the world of “Dune.” Eventually, he decided to sway the film primarily in one of those directions.
Villeneuve said, “I approached this adaptation with the idea that no one watching the movie had read the book … It was important to me, therefore, to transpose as much of the richness and complexity of the novel to the film without making neophytes feel like there was something missing. That was the biggest challenge, because I also wanted fans of the novel to find the ideas, the colours, the flavours and the feel of the novel in the film I had made.”
The director concluded, “When you adapt a novel, there has to be a transformation. But the challenge is to find the balance between those two poles of the audience.”