Director Denis Villeneuve has confirmed that his upcoming remake of sci-fi classic "Dune" will be two movies, shot separately.
Possibly that's because his last film,"Blade Runner 2049," was dinged for its 2 hour, 44 minute running time. (Even producer Ridley Scott, who directed the first "Blade Runner," agreed that was just "way too long.")
"Eric Roth has written the first draft and then I worked on it on my side," said Villeneuve. "I have not had such fun creatively since 'Incendies.' I wish I could direct both movies at the same time but it would have been too expensive. We'll do them one at a time."
The director, who also directed the critically acclaimed "Arrival," says he plans to begin pre-production "soon."
No cast has been announced yet, but, if you were holding out for Sting to don that famously skimpy loincloth (or was it a "plastic speedo"?) again, it's a long shot to expect anyone from David Lynch's 1984 production to show up.
[Via Flickering Myth]