Why Denis Villeneuve Is Glad His Original Plan For Dune Fell Through – SlashFilm


As mentioned above, Peter Jackson famously shot the entire “Lord of the Rings” trilogy back to back. The Wachowskis used a similar approach with the first two “Matrix” sequels. And at one point, Denis Villeneuve was going to do the same thing with “Dune” and “Dune: Part Two.” But as he told Screen Rant, it didn’t work out that way — and that was for the best. “Maybe I would be dead?” he laughed, before continuing: “(I)t would have been absolutely exhausting physically, because both movies required a very long shoot in very difficult conditions. Even more for Part Two, which we spent much more time in the desert.”

Villeneuve added that he’s “grateful” they didn’t shoot the films back-to-back, saying: “I think that I was protected by the gods of cinema, because it allowed me to recover and to learn from everything I learned technically on Part One, which gave me clues how to improve and make a better movie with Part Two. And that was possible because of the way we did it.” 

While shooting both films back-to-back could’ve worked, Villeneuve is probably correct that it was wise to take a breather. The results speak for themselves: “Dune: Part Two” is a big hit, and folks seem to like it even more than the first film. Maybe that wouldn’t have happened if things had worked out differently for the production. 

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