Tuesday, December 13, 2011

New DUNE Movie in 2012

While searching for upcoming movies, I stumbled upon the possibility of another Dune movie (A remake).

Dune was one of the first SF novels I ever read. When I was about thirteen, I considered it an accomplishment to read a book that came with a dictionary at the back of it.

Unfortunately, the first Dune movie turned out to be a disappointment. Although, I have to admit that I didn’t hate it as much as most people. While watching it, I think it is one movie that somehow makes one feel as if they are watching a very alien world. I know that’s not the best way to describe it, however, that’s how it stood out.

The thing that makes Dune a difficult movie to make is that there is so much a person might need to know about that world. So it seemed to me that in the first movie they were trying to jam in all this back story that nobody cared about. Fans of the books already know and random movie goers want some action.

After the Dune series, I then moved onto Dune Messiah and Children of Dune, but unfortunately I didn’t like those. Oddly, I read a couple of the pre-sequels written by Frank Herbert’s son (Brian Herbert) and I did like those (while there are many Dune fans who hate those books). I wonder if part of the problem could be they just don’t like anyone other than Frank Herbert writing them. I have to admit I found it annoying when I first heard that his son was writing those books because how easy is it break into the business when your father is Frank Herbert. Plus he has help from other authors. 

Anyway, I would love to see Dune be a hit on the big screen. The giant worms are so cool and there are so many possiblities.


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Rusty Webb said...

I read Dune and liked it a lot. The trouble he had getting it published serves as an inspiration. But I never read more of the series, saw the Sting star in the movie and thought it was cheesy. I'd like to see it get a great attempt at being made right.

Grumpy Bulldog, Secret Agent said...

Maybe instead of a feature film they should just make it a series on cable like "Game of Thrones." On TV you can take a lot more time for the back story and such.

Michael Offutt, Expert Critic said...

I love Dune and have read Children of Dune and God Emperor of Dune (which I also love). The David Lynch adaptation of Frank Herbert's novel took some time to grow upon me. I saw the movie BEFORE I read the book...big mistake. Once I read the book, I rewatched the movie and things started to be clearer. I did like the sonic weapons (even though those are not in the book). I thought that the decision of the director to create the wierding modules made the translation to screen more appealing than just strange martial arts and a kris knife. But either way works (the sci-fi channel's adaptation is much closer to this). It's cool that we are fans of the same material. I've not checked in on any of Brian Herbert's work.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

The first movie was all right - take out the stupid whispering! Wasn't as taken with the book though. Paul was such an antihero in the book and that didn't come across in the movie. Tried reading the others and really didn't like them.
I don't know who is directing, but about the only one who I think could really pull it off would be del Toro.

mooderino said...

I enjoyed the first book (I was 15 at the time, don't know if I'd feel the same now) but the other books were terrible. And there were a lot of other books.

I think a new film would be good, just not in 3D please.

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The Funnily Enough

Cindy said...

It will be interesting to see what happens.