When Ridley Scott wanted to shoot Dune: “We had a fucking good script”

“Dune has always been adaptable”, assures the director who almost filmed his version in the 1980s.

With the close exits of the Last Duel and of House of Gucci, Ridley scott The number of interviews has been increasing lately, and the least we can say is that the director does not have the tongue in his pocket. Using and abusing the term “fuck”, he answers tit for tat to the Gucci family who criticize his film by threatening to file a complaint, or guards a journalist who dared to criticize his medieval film. And even when we ask him questions “positive”, on his desire to adapt Dune in the 1980s, for example, he responded in the same tone.

“Dino (De Laurentiis) and I thought: ‘We have a script, and that’s a fucking good script. ‘, he explains to Total Film. Then Dino added: ‘It’s going to be expensive, we’re going to have to shoot in Mexico.’ I answered : ‘What ?!’ And he repeated: ‘In Mexico.’ I was there : ‘Truly ?’ So we went to Mexico City, but with all due respect to that city at the time, it was a pretty stinky place. I didn’t like it. When we discovered the studio, with its sets on the floor, I said: ‘No, Dino, I don’t want to film here.’ I backtracked and instead I left to turn Legend with Tim Curry and Tom Cruise. “

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Dino De Laurentiis continued the adventure Dune without him, by hiring David Lynch to draw his version, which flopped in 1984 /. Then Denis Villeneuve, whom Ridley Scott has known well since he entrusted him with the Blade Runner 2049, met with great success this year thanks to his adaptation of Dune. A success, despite the reputation “unsuitable” of the literary universe imagined by Frank Herbert. “Dune has always been adaptable, considers Scott. I had a great screenwriter, Rudy Wurlitzer. He had written two films: Two-Lane Blacktop with James Taylor and Billy the Kid, with Bob Dylan and Kris Kristofferson. We had worked hard on Dune, because at the start of my career, I worked closely with my screenwriters. I always imagined the look of my films based on what he or she wrote. “

Here is the trailer for Dune, which will soon be entitled to a sequel, still directed by Denis Villeneuve:

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