Denis Villeneuve Was Free to Put “Personal Stamp” on ‘Dune,’ Stellan Skarsgard Promises

/Film | 9/18/2019 | Hoai-Tran Bui
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Denis Villeneuve‘s Dune cast can’t stop heaping tons of praise on the director. The latest actor to put in his two cents about the acclaimed filmmaker is Stellan Skarsgard, who promised that Villeneuve is being given almost complete creative freedom on the film by Legendary and Warner Bros., and also took the chance to tease some (vague) details.

In an interview with Collider while at the Toronto premiere for his new film Hope, Skarsgard gushed about working with the Arrival and Blade Runner 2049 director and assured that the auteur has been given “pretty free” reign over the film by the studio:

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“I’ve always wanted to work with him partly because he’s such a wonderful man, but also because he’s a brilliant director. It’s fun when you get one of those big sci-fi movies and you know it’s going to be directed by a true filmmaker. It’s not going to be directed by the studio. It seemed like they were giving him pretty free hands. And you have to, because his personal stamp on the film is paramount for the success of it.”

That’s encouraging to hear, especially since Villeneuve is one of the few big-budget auteurs working right now. Despite the box office disappointment of Blade Runner 2049, it seems Warner Bros. has a lot of faith in Villeneuve’s vision, even handing him the reins for upcoming Dune TV series spin-off, for which Villeuneve will direct the pilot. Warner Bros. is looking to Dune as its next potential franchise, and if Villeneuve is able to translate Frank Herbert’s ridiculously dense novel about...
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