Dune: In an interview for the Comic Book, Denis Villeneuve commented on the materials that served as main inspirations for Duna. According to the director, Star Wars and French comics built the basis of Warner’s mega-production, alongside classic films from the 1960s and 1970s.
Launched in 1965 by Frank Herbert, the sci-fi Duna was a landmark in fantastic literature, serving as the basis for several contents that have become references in popular culture, such as the saga The Wheel of Time, by Robert Jordan, and The Chronicles of Ice and Fire, by George RR Martin. However, no work used as many concepts from the book as Star Wars, something that gave George Lucas a series of problems around 1970.
That’s because the galactic adventure Star Wars was even accused of plagiarism by Herbert, who claimed, in an interview with an Oregon newspaper, that the plot of George Lucas “stole” several elements of his creation. Now, years after the confusion, it was Villeneuve’s turn to openly rescue elements of Star Wars, seeking new ideas and guidance in one of the biggest darlings of the geek public.
“First of all, it’s weird to think that Star Wars stole so much… It didn’t steal, but it was so deeply inspired by Dune, and now I’m making a movie about Dune and I’m deeply influenced by Star Wars,” explained Villeneuve.
“I was born with Star Wars, so I was like the pink elephant in the room when we started designing the movie and we found our own identity in a world where there is such a big beast. from Arabia, by David Lean, certainly Apocalypse Now, by Francis Ford Coppola. These are films that influenced me in several details of Dune.”
Rescue of French comics
Another detail that caught the attention in Villeneuve’s comments was the influence of French comic artists such as Jean Giraud, known worldwide as Moebius, Enki Bilal and Philippe Druillet, responsible for launching renowned comics such as Blueberry, Edena, La Nuit and A Feira dos Immortals .
“When you’re a filmmaker from different centuries, it’s an accumulation of influences,” continued Villeneuve. “But I would say the main influence was probably the comic books I read as a kid, which are by people like Druillet and Bilal and Moebius, all those comic book artists from Europe and France who are Belgian, they had a tremendous impact on me and were probably the main influence on the film.”
Dune is now available in theaters.