Denis Villeneuve would like to make Dune 3 without dialogue

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After spending two movies throwing Timothée Chalamet at different sand worms, Denis Villeneuve would apparently love to make things even harder for himself for the next Dune film.

Dune: Part Two isn’t even out yet, and we’re already talking about its sequel.

“There is absolutely a desire to have a third one, but I don’t want to rush it,” director Denis Villeneuve told The Times last week.

“The danger in Hollywood is that people get excited and only think about release dates, not quality.”

Sorry, Denis. We really would like another Dune movie, though.

But aside from placating journalists hoping for the next installment, it sounds like Villeneuve isn’t in much of a hurry to get back to Arrakis. Instead, he’s got his sights set on using his next film to get back to cinema’s roots. Namely, its sights.

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“Frankly, I hate dialogue,” he told The Times, laughing. “Dialogue is for theatre and television. I don’t remember movies because of a good line, I remember movies because of a strong image. I’m not interested in dialogue at all. Pure image and sound, that is the power of cinema, but it is something not obvious when you watch movies today. Movies have been corrupted by television.”

“In a perfect world,” he said, “I’d make a compelling movie that doesn’t feel like an experiment but does not have a single word in it either. People would leave the cinema and say, ‘Wait, there was no dialogue?’ But they won’t feel the lack.”

When asked if the already much anticipated follow-up to Dune Part Two could be that movie, he replied: “I would absolutely adore that.”

We have absolutely no idea how to explain the intergalactic politics of Dune without dialogue (mime, perhaps?) – but if one director could give it a ruddy good go, it’s probably Villeneuve.

Dune: Part Two arrives in cinemas on 1st March.

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