David Lynch’s Dune bombed, but was actually foundational

Frank Herbert’s epic sci-fi novel Dune has been considered unfilmable for decades. Mostly because it’s a gigantic, complex book with a narrative that rarely plays out in the way you’d expect, and stuffed with remarkable imagery — from deadly sandworms to mutant space navigators. Until 2021, the only feature film version of Dune was surrealist master David Lynch’s infamous adaptation. To this day, Lynch disowns it. Even though it stars Kyle MacLachlan!

Denis Villeneuve — director of Sicario, Arrival, and Blade Runner 2049 — decided to take on the challenge of bringing Dune back to the big screen. The task seems especially daunting since the original nearly tanked Lynch’s career before it truly got started.

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