David Lynch was “sickened” by his Dune, wishes he could revisit it

Acclaimed filmmaker David Lynch is known for some of the best movies of all time, including Mulholland Drive (2001), Blue Velvet (1986), and eraserhead (1977). Of course, I also created the cut classic ’90s show Twin Peaks, which returned after almost three decades for another season in 2017. But while Lynch is widely considered one of the great directors, that doesn’t mean his credits are perfect. Case in point: His dunes adaptation which came out in 1984.

despues de dunes the novel by Frank Herbert came out in 1965, a handful of talented filmmakers tried to bring it to life, including Alejandro Jodorowsky and Ridley Scott. For many reasons, it seemed no one could make a film adaptation work, and even though Lynch eventually did make a movie, the same could be said for him.

Lynch recruited his now-frequent collaborator Kyle MacLachlan to play Paul Atreides, marking the actor’s film debut. While people now love seeing this duo work together, dunes it was a box office bomb when it hit theaters, not even breaking even on its $40 million budget. Over the years, the movie has gained a bit of a cult following, but Lynch was devastated by how it all turned out, claiming he didn’t have total creative control over the finished product.

Fast forward to 2021, and filmmaker Denis Villeneuve was finally the one to do it. I have made dunes a huge success. With a stellar cast and awesome cinematography and visual effects, his film premiered to rave reviews and took home six Academy Awards at this year’s ceremony. Lynch came out in 2020 and admitted he had “zero interest” in seeing the new adaptation, still feeling hurt over how his version of him came out.

Will David Lynch ever revisit his version of Dune?

And now, in a new interview with the AV Club, Lynch is reminding us how much his dunes still stings, admitting he would go back and do things differently if he could. When talking about remastering his 2006 film Inland Empire, Lynch was asked if he ever considered a new cut of the film. He said:

“Do not. But dunes—people have said, ‘Don’t you want to go back and fiddle with dunes?’ And I was so depressed and sickened by it, you know? I want to say, I loved everybody that I worked with; they were so fantastic. I loved all the actors; I loved the crew; I loved working in Mexico; I loved everything except that I didn’t have a final cut. And I even loved Dino [De Laurentiis]who wouldn’t give me what I wanted [laughs]. And Raffaella, the producer, who was his daughter de ella —I loved her. But the thing was a horrible sadness and failure to me, and if I could go back in I’ve thought, well, maybe I would on that one go back in.”

Lynch’s answer is surprising considering he has typically not even wanted to talk about dunes in interviews. But now, despite saying “it’s not going to happen,” he does have some interest in revisiting the movie all these years later.

Diehard fans of Lynch would no doubt love to see a new version of his dunesthough with all the pain the director experienced as a result of the movie, we wouldn’t get our hopes up.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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