The exquisite fresh endeavor that Denis Villeneuve, the visionary filmmaker behind the critically acclaimed Dune, has started to work on has sparked intense speculation that it is the much-awaited adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s groundbreaking science fiction novel, Rendezvous with Rama. Eric Roth, the talented scriptwriter behind Martin Scorsese’s latest film, Killers of the Flower Moon, said that he had secretly written a screenplay for Villeneuve on an earlier A Script Apart podcast episode.
Villeneuve’s affinity for the science fiction book goes long before the news of his Cleopatra project was made public, demonstrating his ongoing interest in the book. Dune was released in 2021, and a sequel is scheduled for release in 2024, yet the popularity of the blockbuster movie and appreciation for Villeneuve’s directing skills endure. Any updates regarding the director and his upcoming book-to-film projects are avidly awaited by fans.
The screenplay’s categorization by Roth as an “epic space and time drama” is consistent with Villeneuve’s previous hint about an adaptation. Before, in an episode of Variety’s Awards Circuit podcast, the filmmaker had compared the upcoming project to “Arrival on steroids” and hinted at the impending start of the writing. Fans have also come to focus on Roth’s oblique post, which reads, “It’s about space and time, and it’s very lonely. It’s certainly about eternity.” Fans are already seeing Villeneuve’s space opera as a possible competitor to the renowned works of art created by the late Stanley Kubrick, especially 2001: A Space Odyssey, even in the lack of concrete specifics. Fans, however, are anxiously awaiting new information from Villeneuve’s rumored cinematic extravaganza, a space-time drama that is sure to enthrall viewers and possibly evoke the grandeur of Arthur C. Clarke’s classic story.