Acclaimed filmmaker David Lynch has reflected on his 1984 adaptation of Dune and has spoken about Denis Villeneuve's upcoming version Frank Herbert’s story, which the director has “zero interest” in.
When pushed further, he opened up about why. “Because it was a heartache for me,” Lynch revealed. “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.”
Lynch's movie was famously panned by critics – one of his few projects that received negative feedback – and bombed at the box office. To document the myriad of problems that beset Lynch’s Dune would require a tome as dense and packed as Herbert’s sci-fi classic itself. In summary, it was an unwieldy project that suffered numerous issues, not least of which was Lynch’s original version having a runtime of three hours – the theatrical version ended up 136 minutes long.
While the 1984 version of Dune may live long in the memory for all the wrong reasons, a miniseries released in 2000 eventually course-corrected and generated some goodwill. Meanwhile, Villeneuve’s upcoming effort is highly anticipated and will be split into two parts, with the first set to release on December 18.
David Lynch may not welcome it, but Dune is primed to take over once more later this year, over a quarter of a century from his “failure.”