DUNE remake has found its writer…

Such is the day and age we live in when we don’t even have a release date yet for Dennis Villeneuve’s remake of the sci-fi classic DUNE yet we’re already writing and speculating about it.

Reports are out that veteran award winning screenwriter Eric Roth has been brought on board to pen the script based on Frank Herbert’s classic novel DUNE which of course was turned into the controversial 1984 David Lynch sci-fi epic.

The film left some feeling cold and thought Lynch’s vision was an unstructured mess full of it’s own virtue. Most citing the confusing plot and uneven script to blame for it’s ugliness and spinning narrative.  Audiences didn’t turn out and the movie would go on to lose money.

Roth has been a Hollywood scribe for over 4 decades and has his pen attached to hits such as Forrest Gump, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Munich and The Postman.  He has no sci-fi experience per say and has just as many misses as hits so we’ll see if he can turn Herbert’s classic novel into a script that does the material justice while appealing to both sci-fi and casual fans.

Dennis Villeneuve is one of the great visionary directors working today and should have his sci-fi legs good and stretched after last years Arrival and the soon to be released Blade Runner comes out.  Clearly not afraid to tackle beloved properties in this genre I’m confident he will succeed with what should be quite a visual spectacle.

And if Roth knows anything, its how to write about the human condition in expansive periods of space and time which should serve him well in the world of DUNE as they visit Arrakis, Caladan and Giedi Prime…here’s hoping anyways.

I’ve already written one line of dialogue for him, “The Worm is the Spice! The Spice is the Worm!”.

Till next time…





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5 thoughts

  1. Curious how everyone ignores the Scfi Miniseries. It was actually a much more faithful adaption of the book than the old 84 movie. Some scenes were a little out of order but it was pretty much the book brought to life. I am a little skeptical of any 2 hour film based on a large novel. It seemed to work better in a miniseries format.

    We’ll see if any comes of it. Just because you get the best you can find doesn’t always translate to a good film. Dune often gets lost in the story, forgetting the more subtle message Herbert had in his book about the dangers of following heroes. I also hope they keep the central conflict of Paul using religion in his favor and releasing untold horrors on the universe for basically selfish gain.

    1. Good points. Tough to invoke the true spirit of any novel in a 2 hour format. Film adaptations are difficult and a true one would be unwatchable. This does play well in a series, the 6 part books I’ve read a few times but not practical from a studio perspective. I think Villeneuve isn’t “the best you can find” situation, just a hot director with a great eye. I’m optimistic, which i’m not very often…

      1. I know one film adaption that never got off the ground was going to be like 7 hours. Which would have been probably the ideal way to tell the first book.

        I do think if they split the first book it could work. I’m usually not a fan of splitting anything but in a work this massive you pretty much have to. Unless you just want to paint everyone besides the Atreides as cliche villains. Which to be fair the Harkonens basically are but the Corrinos are just a jealous. The Spacing Guild and the Bene Gesserit have their own objectives as well. None are inherently evil but all want to maintain or grow their sphere of influence.

        I think I meant best from a studio perspective and that means successful. Because in the end they want to make money. Unless it gets the miniseries treatment again (which I would love) I am unsure you can turn into a financial success without severally watering down the book or omitting large sections.

        I suppose I should be grateful we are getting an attempt. The 2000 miniseries was great. Aside from the fact they cast TV actors that Sci Fi could come up with. I am just no optimistic about it getting another trimmed down 2 hour movie.

  2. The market is changing almost daily. Even though profits are up, fewer people are buying tickets every year so studios are getting choosier and taking less risks. The divide between the top budget films and lower is getting wider and wider. As you know for every Star Wars or Avengers there’s a 100 flops…this will depend on how Blade Runner does and what kind of budge they get. But yeah, totally agree, proper treatment would dictate a 2-3 film project.

  3. It has been done. Twice. Why (besides for worshiping Mammon) waste resources doing it again? How many Spider-Man, Superman, and Batman movies do we have that tell or retell (or retail) or reretell their origins? Enough already.
    Time to do the next Hollywood thing and go for sequel, so Dune 2: All the Spice and More Sand….

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