David Lynch’s Dune has its goofy charm, but in retrospect, he was clearly the wrong man to direct the big screen adapation of Frank Herbert’s novel. Lynch is a director whose muse is the fever dream, and the universe of Dune—the sand worms, the spice melange, the warring factions of planet Arrakis—is too orderly and structured for a director like him.
Over 20 years later, we still don’t have a big budget and truly faithful adaptation of Herbert’s book. Sure, the SciFi Channel took a stab with a Czech-produced miniseries (and it was pretty good) but it was also filmed on a shoestring budget with a cast and crew largely made up of unknowns. Will we ever get a good adaptation of Dune?
Hope isn’t dead yet. Director Peter Berg—whose impressive resume includes Bad Things, The Rundown, Friday Night Fights, and The Kingdom—has apparently been signed to film a "big, big, big" big-screen adaptation. It’s about time.
There’s no other information, outside of a coy observation that, although a big fan of Lynch, "[his] interpretation left the door wide open for a remake." That’s certainly an understatement.
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