In addition to working on Dune Part 2, we’ve now learned that Dune director Denis Villeneuve’s next film will take him into the science fiction world of Rendezvous With Rama.
Rendezvous With Rama is a 1973 science fiction novel by Arthur C. Clarke about a group of explorers intercepting and exploring an alien spaceship. Villeneuve has explored contact with extraterrestrials in the past with his film Arrival and is likely to bring in his large-scale vision of science fiction here as well.
The novel won both Hugo and Nebula awards when it was first published, two prizes recognizing outstanding science fiction works. Clarke is best known for writing the screenplay and novel for 2001: A Space Odyssey. THR reported on the adaptation and revealed that Morgan Freeman will be working as a producer with Villeneuve on the project.
The schedule for this project is not yet known, but we do know that Villeneuve has its hands full even with Dune Part 2 slated for October 2023, the works.
In IGN’s Dune review, we called the first part “nice to look at” but held back by a lot of setup and no natural endpoint. The second half of this story may resolve some of these issues.
Villeneuve has also publicly stated that he would like to direct a James Bond film, saying, “It’s a character I’ve been with since childhood. I have a great affection for Bond.” However, the director also said he would find it difficult to restart the series after the Daniel Craig era.
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