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…