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.
The screenplay for the remake was written by Joshua Zetumer and in an interview with SCI FI Wire at the Television Critics Association summer press tour last week, Peter Berg talked a little bit about his take on Dune:
“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