In a move that should surprise no one, since new ideas are few and far between these days, Paramount wants to make another Dune.
First made into a film in 1984 by David Lynch (although Ridley Scott and others had been eyeing the project at one point), it changed up a bunch of stuff from Frank Herbert’s book. I hadn’t even read the book when I first saw the movie, so I had no dog in the fight of how well the film worked as an adaptation. But it rubbed a lot of people the wrong way, apparently. Looked freaking cool, though.
Anyway, then in 2000, a much more true to the book adaptation hit the Sci-Fi Channel, followed by a sequel. This was so true to the book it shared the book’s weakness: a great setup, a great world, a great build up to… not much. But nevertheless, it was enjoyable on a different level. (My review; Doc’s review.)
[ad#shortpost]Now Peter Berg is attached to direct a new big screen version. This is apparently not new news, but the fact that they’re talking to a scribe now–Josh Zetumer–is. All this according to Hollywood Reporter.
Before we get too bent out of shape, some perspective: bear in mind that I’m seeing films hit cinemas today that I originally wrote up for Corona about eleven years ago. Hell, it took about that long for the first feature film of Dune to materialize. So no sense being concerned. Yet.
Although here’s a notion: Dune: The Bollywood Musical? Who’s with me?