‘Dune’ Remake News

Man I loved the Dune movie. I think I loved the Dune II video game even more. How many of you played it non-stop? “Harkonnen units approaching from the South”. Even though the original was such a great movie (like Clash of the Titans), I think a remake is in order.

Hollywood insider gives us the news:

Paramount has found a new director for its remake of the sci-fi classic Dune, after Peter Berg dropped off the project in October. The studio has hired Taken helmer Pierre Morel to oversee the movie. Paramount is currently looking for a new writer to incorporate Morel’s vision of the project into the original draft by Quantum of Solace scribe Josh Zetumer. Morel plans to make a very faithful adaptation of the 1965 book by Frank Herbert. The movie is a high priority for Paramount’s production chief Adam Goodman. Kevin Misher and Richard Rubinstein are producing.

And for your viewing pleasure, the original Dune Trailer:

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19 thoughts on “‘Dune’ Remake News

  1. trilogy… saga..?

    cmon man it has 6 herbert’s book and 2 of his son’s book, thats takes 8 complex book to complete the DUNE.

    the most important is the 1st book remaking it in the movie, coz that will be the master copy for the upcoming book, if it fail then all is gone for naught.

  2. I think a remake would be great. They need to keep what worked like the cool look of the stillsuits but add things that didn’t make sense like the stillsuits not having a faceflap, or no meniton of Feyd fighting in slave pits (which would have made the end knife fight more suspenceful). They did this in the miniseries but the suits overall didn’t look good. I dont think a trilogy would work because you need a buildup and climax for each seperate movie. The book was written as 1 story, so splitting that up into 3 parts would make people loose interest. I think we need a 3:45 minute movie like The lord of the rings movies and have a smaller cut for theatres. That would do it.
    Lynch added the weirding modules, that was brilliant. Its a shame that those werent in the books because a re-make would benefit form having them come back in a new movie. The look seemed to work so much for the Lynch version so I hope they keep the artistic side of it in check.
    Why do people wine and complain about inner monologue? Its not like I’m a huge fan of it, but there is no more appropriate movie to have this in. The books include so much introverted thought that its such a cool aspect to the characters. As long as its not to drawn out. I think in Lynch’s version it was all perfect and well placed.
    IMHO

  3. Man loved the books! I read all of daddy Herbert’s stuff. Not Jr.’s and Anderson’s work though (only some). Now we all know that any great novel will never be rivaled or equaled by it’s motion picture as books are timeless (esp. “Dune”) in our minds. So for us with closed and rigid minds who have little faith in this latest big budget endeavor by Paramount, you need to relax a little and not treat your conception of the novel as a sole proprietary story of your mind’s eye. The book seems to have a definite niche in American culture, all the more so with a successful movie, which according to IMDB, has not yet been accomplished. It may even go down in Guinness as the most remade novel into motion picture. Now as a true fan wouldn’t you be proud of that? There’s a whole new generation (if not more) of young viewers, and if the movie becomes a blockbuster, then your fogie old but can say, wow, that book was written in my time (or even before if your not so old!) lol. Movie making has come a long way. There’s a whole new breed of directors, writers, and actors. Have fun with this.
    Now some of my thoughts on the movie itself. This will definitely be an epic challenge. In another blog, there was some debate whether “second voicing” should be used to stay true to the text. I say, keep it to a minimum. The key to compressing the intricate “plots within plots” is narration. And rightly so, it should be Irulan’s voice to do this, as she eventually became the historian. The era of “Dune” (when human talents flourished after thinking machines were banned) should be quickly introduced, again, narrated by Irulan’s voice. Amazing special effects are needed here of the scenes of epic battles of the Butlerian Jihad, nuclear explosions on integrated worlds, advanced spacecraft of exotic and eccentric overmind computers with different robotic bodies. This should be quickly and gracefully done until we arrive at Arrakis. Then the movie focuses on the story telling, acting, and action. Emphasize the background and character of the Great houses; the patriotism and loyalty of house Atreides, house Corrino’s corporate nature, the psychotic genius of the Harkonnen’s. When I read about the Bene Gesserit back when I was in high school, sex, couldn’t be excluded, so paramount, with your enourmeous budget, Victoria’s Secret models for the Bene Gesserit extras (or something of that nature) wouldn’t be too much to ask? I leave the rest to the experts, whoever Adam Goodman decides to include in this project. Anyway, I’m excited for what this movie could be and how it can repopularize the books. When I walk into Borders/Barnes & Noble, this Epic will be in front, not in the back shelves; and I can tell my nephew, see, I told you so. Boom! Now whose the true Dune fan! Whatever this movie becomes, I have faith, it won’t take anything away from the Novel.

  4. I’m excited. Dune is one of my favorite books of all time! More news on this film project is always welcome! Hopefully they make it into two films instead of one.

  5. Follow the path of Peter Jackson as he did with Lord Of The Rings and I’ll be down. Or what Warners is doing with Harry Potter.

    That’s right. You heard me. Make Dune into two parts, about 2-3 hours each. Split the book up if you have to.

    Otherwise, there’s not much point in this. Forget Dune.

  6. Remember the Original with Sting

    and always thought those suits they wore with liquid substanse were cool..

    Remake warranted in this case.

  7. I don’t know why Paramount is so hot on making another Dune movie. The problem with Dune is that the first book it is actually 3 200-page novels, so trying to boil it down to a 2-hour movie is nearly impossible. I also think too many people are familiar with the material. There’s not going to be a lot of surprises in the movie either. I think everyone knows the story by now. Maybe Paramount sees possible sequels coming out of it – Dino DeLaurentis wanted to do this back in the 1980s. But Dune is more harder sci-fi than Star Wars, and it’s not going to have the popularity.

    By the way, David Lynch used actual dialog from the Dune books, (as did the mini-series), and I think he remained pretty faithful. And I liked the fact that the movie resembles a spice dream itself, full of visions and imagery. The sets, acting, costumes, and forced perspective miniatures were outstanding. The movie’s huge flaw is that Dino did not hire a special effects company, but had a title company do the green screen mattes. They were poor and ugly – but could be fixed if Universal wanted to spend some money and do some digital clean up.

  8. Unfortunately the original movie sucked, not from a lack of trying to make it good mind you.

    Elements that were good, costumes, sandworms, SFX were reasonably good for the time, actors: Jose Ferrer, Jurgen Prochnow, Kenneth McMillan, Brad Dourif, Franchesca Annis, Linda Hunt (Won Academy Award for The Year of Living Dangerously), Patrick Stewart, Freddie Jones, Richard Jordan, Max Von Sydow , Sean Young, Kyle McLachlan.

    Unfortunately a large number of the veteran actors in the list were sadly under used, and they cut the film down so much it lost a large amount of Frank Herbert’s original story.

    If they do a remake then they need to do at least 2 half hour version to give it enough time to tell the story properly, otherwise forget it.

  9. Part of me would love to see this, but I don’t think anything could compare to the greatness that was the Dune miniseries, which far exceeds the 80s-era movie. Simply put, the Dune miniseries was one of the best miniseries ever made — which is saying a lot, given the quality of miniseries which have been made over the past decade (Angels in America, John Adams, Taken, etc).

    1. Yeah I also thought the mini series was pretty spot on.

      But I dont mind another version of Dune. While I loved Dune (1984) I would like to see a more faithful adaption. And a bigger budget than the mini series, This could become prety fucking Epic.

  10. Sweet, Dune is by far one of the greatest Sci-Fi sagas out there, and would make an awesome movie.
    Let us hope that it pans out to be a trilogy :)

  11. Ths is great news. I would love to see dune made with modern day effects. I have only read the book, I havn’t seen any video versions. Does the 84 movie stray very far from the source? What a trailer!

    1. Yeah, it’s pretty different from the book. The miniseries followed the book much more closely, but the effects and some of the acting left a lot to be desired. I look forward to seeing what a new theatrical version will be like. Though, nothing will be beat my curiosity of what Dune would have been like if the original director had not lost the rights to it… a 13+ hour movie with Pink Floyd doing the soundtrack, dear Lord that would of been insane.

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