It’s not the casting, or even the likely changes to the plot. It’s the perennial problem with DUNE: it’s a trilogy that apparently can’t be made as a trilogy. You either end up compressing it down into a single flick, or you make a miniseries that doesn’t let you do the sweeping cinematic panoramas on a huge movie screen.
But they’re gonna keep trying, apparently. It’s like I AM LEGEND: some projects are just catnip to ambitious directors. And, heck, I’m probably gonna go see it anyway, so: good luck!
I mean it unironically: I always liked Frank Herbert’s Dune. I thought of it as an interesting attempt to put scope and depth into a science fiction epic. I never really got into the sequels, though. Not really sure why. It may very well be because I read them when I was, wow, almost one-third my age.
The new DUNE doesn’t look… bad? I mean, you got Emo Paul Atreides there, but what the hell. I can kind of buy that kid being the sort to start a galactic jihad*.
And Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho’s a real good casting call. So is Dave Bautista as Rabban. The others didn’t jump out at me right away. Dunno if they really should cram the whole thing into one movie, though…
*And won’t that be an interesting topic for the movie to cover.
The board game adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune, first published 40 years ago and long out of print, is back. Publisher Gale Force Nine (GF9) says that this is just the beginning of its newly-forged partnership with the Herbert estate.
Legendary has just acquired film and TV rights to Frank Herbert’s seminal science fiction novel Duneafter coming to agreement with the Herbert estate. This is not the first time Dune has been brought to both the small and big screens over the novel’s 51 years since Herbert wrote his iconic book. Many filmmakers attempted but failed over the years to bring this iconic novel to life in the way that Herbert and sci-fi fans imagined.
There’s a lot of (probably justified) speculation that Legendary is looking at Dune and thinking ‘multi-movie larger universe with a bunch of interconnected properties.’ Because Marvel’s doing it, Disney is doing it – and, heck, even DC is trying to do it, so how hard can it be? …And it would be nice. If it was done properly.
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 Runner. How 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?
I suppose that most of my readers who are also science fiction buffs have already read Dune: for the rest of you, it’s… it’s just one of the Books. This one volume alone justifies the title ‘epic:’ a combination of religion, political intrigue, war, and ecology that pretty much blew the minds of every science fiction author that read it. Even the people who hate it now can’t really avoid it: Dune helps define the entire genre.
It’s been two years since Peter Berg confirmed he was attached to direct the third adaptation of Frank Herbert’s seminal science fiction novel Dune. Of course, the first adaptation was auteur David Lynch’s avant-garde, torpid 1984 film, the second being Sci Fi Channel’s miniseries in 2000. But little has been said about this third attempt to corral the story of Paul Atreides and his family amidst a futuristic feudal interstellar empire as they take control of the lone source of spice melange, the most valuable resource in the universe. It’s no wonder Dune has proved a worthy foe when condensed into film form.
(H/T: @MelissaTweets) I don’t know why people hate the David Lynch Dune so much. Yes, turgid. Have people read the blessed book? Half of the action is going on inside people’s heads.