*Should* they remake Dune?

My first reaction is to yell “NOOOOOOOOOOOOO” but then, even the David Lynch Dune has a critically flawed ending.  and I mean flawed.  As in, “WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU DOING YOU HAVEN’T STABILIZED THE NEW ECOSYSTEM YET YOU’VE JUST DOOMED THE GALAXY TO CHOOSE BETWEEN UTTER COLLAPSE AND ANOTHER EVENTUAL BUTLERIAN JIHAD” flawed. So maybe we can survive a new Dune reboot:

Director Denis Villeneuve is on quite a roll already. The director has already made critical hits like Prisoners and Sicario. His next film, Arrival is already highly anticipated and is receiving great buzz. The director is next going to take over the reins of a much-loved sci-fi franchise as he is directing the sequel to Blade Runner. It looks like he will continue directing sci-fi as the next project he wants to do is a remake of Frank Herbert‘s Dune.

Although we probably can’t survive a sequel to Blade RunnerHow in God’s name can anybody be arrogant enough to think that they have more to say on this topic than Philip K. Dick did?  I mean. Really?  Really?


  • bensdad00 says:

    Tragic as parts of his life were, there is something to be said for leaving mental illness untreated

  • xander-drax says:

    I really liked the sci-fi channel Dune, and mostly liked the Lynch version. I read the books between the two.

  • Skip says:

    The syfy version of dune was mediocre (an overweight Stilgar? Really?). But even with all its flaws I love the original.

    FWIW, there were a couple of sequels write to Blade Runner. I have one of them as a remaindered hardback. It’s terribad.

    • Skip says:

      Written to, that is. Some days the iOS spellcheck is idiotic.

      • JAB says:

        Huh, I never heard of those, but from wikipedia:

        “Three novels intended to serve as sequels to both Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and Blade Runner have been published:

        Blade Runner 2: The Edge of Human (1995),
        Blade Runner 3: Replicant Night (1996),
        Blade Runner 4: Eye and Talon (2000).
        These official and authorized sequels were written by Dick’s friend K. W. Jeter. They continue the story of Rick Deckard and attempt to reconcile many of the differences between the novel and the film.”

  • Aruges says:

    I didn’t mind the SciFi mini series. Within it’s budget restraints I thought it did alright. Lynch’s Dune is a visual feast, but I can’t imagine what someone not familiar with the book must have thought of it when it came out.

  • JustDave says:

    The biggest problem I have with a Dune remake is that the story is simply too big to fit into a single movie. You are either obliged to split it into two or three movies (and what studio is willing to take a risk on that?) or begin chopping out large chunks of plot, and then you have a story that’s not really Dune anymore.


    Worse, they might involve Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson in some way. (Yeah, not even joking here.)

  • BigFire says:

    Sci-Fi version of Dune was limited due to its budget. But it does have more time on its hand to do the novel properly.

    The sequel series Children of Dune actually have a proper budget and did both Dune Messiah and Children of Dune well.

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