The best stories have universal qualities -- themes that can span multiple genres and generations. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that a story like Dune would share some similarities with other classic stories. Now, as we approach the release of this year’s reboot, director Denis Villeneuve has shared some interesting insights as to how Paul Atreides compares with Al Pacino’s legendary character from The Godfather, Michael Corleone.
Movie reboots can be a bit controversial, but one of the cool things about them is that they can introduce new generations to stories that they may not have encountered yet. David Lynch’s original Dune film, released in 1984, was not well received and is still divisive among fans, though it’s become a cult classic. With Denis Villeneuve at the helm of the reboot, fans are eager to see if Frank Herbert’s novel series can get the adaptation it deserves. If nothing else, it looks like the director has thought long and hard about the story’s central character and how audiences can relate to his story:
Though these two movies definitely aren’t similar on a surface level, Denis Villeneuve brought up a good point to Empire about the similar trajectory that Paul and Michael face. It’s encouraging to see that he seems to have a really good grasp on what makes Paul’s story so uniquely interesting, too:
In the original Dune film, Kyle McLachlan played Paul Atreides. In Denis Villeneuve’s version, Timothee Chalamet will bring the character and his myriad Corleone-esque challenges to the big screen. We’ll see how it all comes together when Dune hits theaters on December 18, 2020.
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