Have you ever seen the 1984 David Lynch film, Dune? How about the more recent TV mini-series of the same name from 2000?
Both are adaptations of Frank Herbert’s famous novel and there were quite a few differences from the movie and the mini-series from the source and each other. Now, there’s a remake on the way courtesy of director Peter Berg (Hancock, The Kingdom) which is supposedly set to be even more different from both of those.
“I think I had a much more different experience, I think, with the book than David Lynch did… To me, I think my interpretation will feel significantly different from that and the [Syfy] Channel miniseries that aired. I have a different experience than both of those filmmakers did.”
The original Dune movie, which differed quite a bit from Frank Herbert’s sci-fi novel, starred Kyle MacLachlan as Paul Atreides and its cast included big names Sting and Patrick Stewart. I remember liking it a lot as a kid but I enjoyed the mini-series quite a bit more. That series starred Alec Newman and William Hurt and spawned a sequel mini-series titled Children of Dune which brought back Newman as Paul “Muad’Dib” Atreides in a lesser role and helped kickstart James McAvoy’s career.
I’m excited to see Berg’s new take on the franchise and I’d like to see a big budget modern film bring to life the sand worms of Arrakis. From what he describes his vision as, we could be getting a more more action-packed epic than we have see from the franchise so far:
“[The book] was much more muscular and adventurous, more violent and possibly even a little bit more fun… I think those are all elements of my experience of the book that can be brought in without offending the die-hard fans of the Bene Gesserit and Kwisatz Haderach. There’s a more dynamic film to be made.”
Are you up for a new Dune movie and have you seen the previous incarnations?
Dune is tentatively set with a 2010 release date but expect it to come out later than that with Berg’s busy schedule which includes a documentary he’s currently working on as well as setting up the next season of Friday Night Lights.
Source: SCI FI Wire