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22 December 2007 @ 06:21 pm
Dune again --- Hope springs eternal  
I doubt it's well known on my flist, but Frank Herbert's Dune is my favorite book of all time. I love the whole series, but the first is my favorite. I also love David Lynch and think he's a brilliant director, but his Dune (especially the casting of Sean Young as Chani ... wrong, wrong, wrong -- Chani was a winner, Young? Not so much) just did not work. Then came the Sci-fi special which had some great things about it (namely Alec Newman as Paul and Julie Cox as Irulan), but overall, I found it worse than Lynch's Dune, because it was so cold and austere, led not by just the frigid colors, but William Hurt's performance as Duke Leto.

So, with the news that Peter Berg is directing a new version of Dune, I'm cautiously optimistic that they'll get it right this time. Hopefully.
Ladies and gentlemen, the next huge sci-fi franchise has a director. During an interview with “The Kingdom” director Peter Berg, he confirmed the rumor that “Dune” is coming and that he’s the one that will helm it. Calling the plans for him to direct “a done deal,” Berg told me that “if it weren’t for the writer’s strike, we’d be in it right now.”

Berg says that while there’s no script yet, they have a list of writers they plan to go out to once the strike settles. The helmer called himself “a huge fan of the book” and when asked about the scale of the film, he simply replied, “big big big.”

As any fan of the Frank Herbert classic knows, “Dune” received the big screen treatment once before in a divisive David Lynch film. Berg said that while he’s “a big fan of Lynch,” he believes “that interpretation has left the door wide open for a remake.”
Juliafairnymph on December 24th, 2007 07:29 am (UTC)
Oooh I love Dune too, especially some of the later underrated and underread books. How exciting!
Arabian: Booksarabian on December 24th, 2007 07:23 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Dune is the bomb. I love it so. My only issue is that Duncan is my least favorite character, LOL! and we see him over and over and over again. Eh, I still like him, but I don't LOVE him like I do Duke Leto, Paul, Chani and Irulan.

The Bene Gesserit are awesome too!!!

Edited at 2007-12-24 07:23 pm (UTC)
Juliafairnymph on December 24th, 2007 07:25 pm (UTC)
Duncan isn't my least favourite, but definitely not my fave. That would Leto. And then Paul, Irulan, and Jessica.

I freakin' LOVE the BG. I so would have been one were I born into that world.

Edited at 2007-12-24 07:26 pm (UTC)
Arabian: Booksarabian on December 24th, 2007 08:15 pm (UTC)
Ooh, how I could have forgotten Jessica!!! Jessica is awesome too. But of course, she's BG.
teddy22888teddy22888 on December 27th, 2007 09:35 pm (UTC)
Arabianarabian on December 29th, 2007 07:34 pm (UTC)
No, I didn't. I thought that group was dead, LOL! I just deleted it as I'm no longer doing the webpage. Thanks for the heads-up.