Pierre Morel Talks ‘Dune’

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Last week news emerged that Taken director Pierre Morel was brought on-board to direct Dune, replacing previously attached director, Peter Berg. This came as a bit of surprise as two other fairly big directors – The Descent‘s Neil Marshall and District 9‘s Neill Blomkamp – were likely candidates to take over where Berg left. Nonetheless, I think Morel is a solid choice even if he isn’t the first director I’d think of for the project.

At the time of the announcement, word was that Morel plans on making a very faithful adaptation of Frank Herbert’s original 1965 book. Now we get more of a confirmation of that notion as, during an interview with MTV, Morel talked more about his directing intentions for Dune and how faithful he’s planning on being to the source material. Here’s what he had to say:

“Oh my God yes, I’ve been a fan of that book – because I will not refer to [Lynch's] movie – I’ve been a fan of the book since I was a teenager… as a David Lynch movie, I loved it. [But] as a ‘Dune’ fan [of the book], I was not such a big fan.”

“I’ve been reading it [the original book] over and over again – well, I’m 45 now, so for 30 years… So, by the time I bought the sixth book I had already read the first one six times! So, I’m a hardcore fan.”

“[My movie] is all about the first book. I’m trying to be very respectful to the original novel… But it’s a challenge; there’s a lot of expectation, all the readers will be waiting for me with their shotguns. All the non-readers will also be waiting for us, because it’s such a complex, rich novel and you have to make it accessible to those who have not read the book. So, it’s a tough challenge but I’m very excited about that.”

That’s what we want to hear from the guy tasked with bringing us a new adaptation of Dune. It’s going to be a tough thing for him to accomplish as, like Morel says, it’s a complex novel with a lot going on. Even as a David Lynch mega-fan, I still admit the problems his ’80s movie version had. And I never did catch the TV mini-series, although admittedly, I’ve heard it’s worth a look.

It’s certainly great to hear that Morel is such a big fan of the book as it means we’ll get the faithful adaptation he’s aiming for (read: it’s not a random director who isn’t familiar with the book coming in and messing everything up).

Morel told MTV he hopes that Dune is his next directing gig after the crazy-looking, From Paris With Love, and that he hopes people will revisit his adaptation again and again as they do the original book.

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I was looking forward to Peter Berg’s version of Dune, and I was surprised when he left the project (he was supposedly knee-deep in developing it). A new writer is set to be brought in to alter the draft written by Josh Zetumer (Bourne 4) in order to incorporate Morel’s vision. Does this hiring of a new writer mean that Berg’s version wouldn’t have been all that faithful to the source material? Interesting question…

Are you happy with Pierre Morel helming the latest Dune adaptation? Are you glad they’ve got someone who’s a huge fan of the source material?

There’s currently no word on when we might see Dune go into production or when it’ll hit theaters. But the project is reportedly being considered high priority by Paramount, so we may very well hear word pretty soon. Stay tuned.

Source: MTV (thanks to First Showing)

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  1. I’m excited that Morel acknowledged the book, and said that he’s going to make a faithful adaptation to the book as a hardcore fan of the novel himself.

    But it’s got me extremely worried that he’s picking up a creation that’s really only half his. I think that’s going to turn out bad, having one director dealing with half of it, and another completely different director dealing with the other half.

    I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

  2. “The Spice!” “I will kill him, I will kill him!”-Sting

  3. Bring on the worms! This is gonna be cool.

  4. This is going to prove interesting as it develops. Morel is a fine director, and so far have enjoyed his work, though I’ve yet to see “from pariswith love”.
    What was the cause for Bergs abandoning of the project?

  5. Even if he tries to stay faithful to the book,there will be some things that won’t translate to the screen very well.Peter Jackson had the same problem with The Lord of the Rings.Some things had to be changed or left out.They were still well made movies that pleased the fans of the books.I’m sure it will be the same with Dune.Can’t wait to see it.

  6. If this interview is any indication, the spice will flow.

  7. I was worried till I saw this article. His being such a big fan of the book is a huge deal. I think he will know what to keep and what to take out. It makes a lot of sense to me now why he was chosen and as of right now I am very glad he was the pick to direct.

  8. I seriously believe it's unfilmable @ 2.5 hours. Lynch wrote 7 drafts and had two other writers working with him on a few. Even Harrison's TV miniseries doesn't quite make us see the importance of the power balance in that world. The different organizations that came out of the war with the thinking machines. The Great Convention. What it means to be a sword master of the Ginaz. The fine art of shield fighting and why people were even using blades to fight with. The use of sand compactors which will be a costly effect. Showcasing Duncan's skill as well as the Fremen. Paul striking a deal with Liet and its importance. Just to name a few…

  9. Dune is my favorite book, so i've got my fingers crossed for this one. I still think it deserves the BSG treatment, and should be a big budgeted tv series. The fact that the director is such a fan is good news for sure.

  10. One problem with a TV series is their's no real backstory from the author. Because of that everyone has a tendency to fill in the blanks in their own way. To some extent this has been a problem with Herbert LLC and the fans of the original books. T.V. would water down the concepts too. The machine crusade would make a much better T.V. series. It's far enough away in the “DUNE” timeline to be more relateable and still bridge people into the universe that they haven't been in before. If only a network that wasn't SYFY or FOX would take on the expensive project.

  11. Kull Hawad! Can’t wait to see the next Dune. Saw the first one, Baron didn’t need those pustules all over him, it was never mentioned in the book, the guy was too young to be the Baron. Also “Paul” wore a wig. I hope they make the characters more true to how they are described in the book. First read Dune when it first came out, and keep rereading it.

  12. Dune needs to a either an HBO or Showtime series. Bare minimum 10+ episodes at 1 hour each. The dune novel is very in depth, and in order to translate difficult entities clearly, e.g. Inner monologues, Atredeis hand battle language, subtle context clues, etc., there needs to be enough time to have these things explained; hence why dune can’t be a movie. Or can it? Only time will tell.

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