The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, Lost Highway, Inland Empire, Twin Peaks. It’s one hell of a resume for David Lynch.  However one movie he would rather forget is his 1984 adaption of Frank Herbert’s seminal sci-fi novel Dune.

At the time a box office flop and savaged by critics, it now has something of a cult following. While it’s fair to say that there are many good things buried deep in the movie it is also clear that the whole is somehow less than the sum of its parts.

Paul Atreides in the 1984 Lynch version

Lynch himself always disliked the finished product. Disagreements with troublesome producer Dino De Laurentis and removal of his say on final cut mean he is unlikely ever to change his view.  Asked by The Hollywood Reporter if he will be going to see Denis Villeneuve’s new adaption he responded bluntly:

“I have zero interest in Dune… because it was a heartache for me. It was a failure and I didn’t have final cut. I’ve told this story a billion times. It’s not the film I wanted to make. I like certain parts of it very much – but it was a total failure for me.”

He was then pressed to clarify if he was referring to the new adaption, rather than his own version he reiterated:

“I’ve got zero interest.”

Lynch also stated that TV is now his preferred medium:

“Right now. feature films in my book are in big trouble, except for the big blockbusters. The art house films, they don’t stand a chance. They might go to a theater for a week and if it’s a Cineplex they go to the smallest theater in the setup, and then they go to Blu-ray or On Demand. The big-screen experience right now is gone. Gone, but not forgotten.

I really love a continuing story, and cable television I say is the new art house. You have total freedom. The sound isn’t as good as a great theater; the picture isn’t as big — but TVs are getting bigger and bigger and better and better, so there’s hope. And then you have this chance for a continuing story, so it’s the new art house, I say.”

Another return to Twin Peaks on the cards?