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Pierre Morel Talks DUNE!!

Merrick here...
TAKEN director Pierre Morel spoke to MTV about his forthcoming adaptation of DUNE. In the interview, Morel reveals that he likes David Lynch's 1984 adaptation as a Lynch film (but not as a DUNE interpretation) and also discusses his own relationship to the property. Turns out, he's read Herbert's original book (HERE) a number of times and intends to stay quite faithful to it.
“I’ve been reading it over and over again – well, I’m 45 now, so for 30 years. The fun story, actually, is that there were six books in that first series that Frank Herbert wrote. Every time I was going to buy a new one – because I couldn’t buy all six at one time – I was reading the previous ones so I would not forget anything. So, by the time I bought the sixth book I had already read the first one six times! So, I’m a hardcore fan.” [EDIT] “[My movie] is all about the first book. I’m trying to be very respectful to the original novel,”
...says Pierre HERE. As we mentioned yesterday, looks like Vin Diesel is ramping up one or more RIDDICK movies - the most recent of which certainly had DUNE flavoring. At the rate things are going, Vin's project and DUNE could hit screens at roughly the same time. Should the next RIDDICK perpetuate the mythology advanced by CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK, it'll be interesting to see how it'll play in close proximity to Herbert's time-tested material.
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  • Jan. 12, 2010, 11:24 a.m. CST


    by seppukudkurosawa

    Just make Jodorowsky and Moebius' version already.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 11:28 a.m. CST

    The original was even darker and more violent...

    by zinc_chameleon

    than Lynch's version. And all the more considering it was written in the early 60s. It was much closer in tone to "300" than Lynchs. And, Lynch wouldn't know action if his life depended on it. Nope, this one could use a reboot.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Dear Pierre...

    by Zahaladeen

    ...Taken was okay. I'm not seeing that piece of crap your currently showing. However, you have one chance at an IP that would make you. Don't fuck it up.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Great, he loves the books...

    by Rhuragh

    ...but does he, as a director, have the talent to make the film about the intended sociopolitical allegory, rather than a generic sci-fi action-adventure film?

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 11:37 a.m. CST

    What a fagg0t

    by PeanutButterSlut


  • Jan. 12, 2010, 11:38 a.m. CST

    I've seen this director's films

    by Mono

    ...And there is zero chance that this will be good. None whatsoever. He's not bad at what he does, but Dune is far, far beyond his capabilities. That's all there is to it.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 11:41 a.m. CST


    by Kontarsky

    If a faithful Dune came out the same year as Riddick, it would be like my Episode 1 year. I'd probably just sleep outside. However, that aside, if Piter is reciting a non-canon mantra about setting mine in motion and has huge eyebrows, or is played by Jude Law, count me the FUCKKKKK out. Keep this one international. Cast French, German, and other European actors so we don't have to sit through a piece of shit. And get Miroslav Taborsky back for Count Fenring. He kicked fucking ass in that role on the tv thing.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Taken was terrible and straight video quality

    by Wolfman Nards

    Liam Neeson was the ONLY reason why that went to theaters. And why he did that movie is beyond me. Dune doesn't stand a chance with this guy at the helm.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Straight TO video quality I meant.

    by Wolfman Nards

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 11:46 a.m. CST

    no one cares what you nerds think


    Taken was great, I wish him the best.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 11:49 a.m. CST

    I'll give it a chance

    by We_like_it_VERY_MUCH

    he sounds like he knows his shit.. more than myself for sure at least. It's nice when a real fan gets a chance like this. Be happy for him guys. Is that too much to ask?

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Yes, it is too much to ask.

    by Mono

    First of all, why should we be happy for him? We don't know the guy. And the fact that he likes the book and is a true fan doesn't magically make him equipped to direct it.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Dune mini on DVD.....

    by rben

    i got the Dune mini a long time ago and still haven't seen it. Now this has me interested. Who ever the company was that released that DVD is, they totally blew as far as the extras go. There was a roundtable on there with Ellison and a bunch of other writers, that i literally tried to see for an hour before i gave up. There was no clear cut way to view the extras, it's like they would appear when they felt like it, at random. I never had a problem looking at extras on any of my hundreds of other DVDs. I hope that problem was corrected on future releases but there's no way i'm double dipping. I'll just see if i can watch the mini the whole way through (hopefully without aggravation.)

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Desert, knifes and ornithopters

    by Chariowalda_Barbarossa

    Most important is a good script, of course. On a purely visual level I hope they get some things right. For example shooting loads of desert scenes in actual deserts instead of green rooms. CG landscapes just don't breathe. Give me some knife work instead of gunfights. And I really want to se some well made ornithopters that deserve the name. Hope it doesn't get too avatarish. Oh, and some four hours running time would be nice, too.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 12:02 p.m. CST

    My favorite book and never more relervant...

    by DC Films a mirror to way the middle east is ever more treated as a resource for the rest of us.<p>Avatar also ripped off Dune in that respect, so Riddick's in good company.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 12:07 p.m. CST

    by Miles_Teg

    Taken was an absolute blast. The guy has talent in spades. You want brutal gritty fremen hand to hand? Pierre is your man.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 12:08 p.m. CST

    District B13 was incredible

    by GiveMeAnFinBreak

    And Taken kicked ass. Now, reading that the guy's so close to Herbert's source material, I've gone from being intrigued as to what this he can do with it, to flat out excited. Can't wait. I love the hell out of Lynch's version, warts and all, but there's obviously room for improvement. Dune's to science fiction what Lord of the Rings is to fantasy, in a lot of ways, and it'd be nice to see it as widely recognized.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 12:10 p.m. CST

    As usual MTV fucks its international audience

    by kwisatzhaderach

    so I can't comment on this vid. But I doubt the director of Taken has the chops to make Dune. Shai-hulud!

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 12:22 p.m. CST


    by PlayerHater_of_the_year

    needs to reform like Voltron and do the soundtrack!

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 12:27 p.m. CST

    McG Loved Terminator; Znyder Loved Watchmen

    by FreeBeer

    And they turned out just amazing didn't they? You couldn't even say Watchmen wasn't faithful it was slavishly so. You can be too faithful to the source material, allowances have to be made to make text translate to the medium of film effectively.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 12:39 p.m. CST

    No Queen mash-up, no deal.

    by HarryCalder

    "Qune" or GTFO.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 12:41 p.m. CST

    Yeah, no more "I'm a fan" directors, please

    by Karl Hungus

    Filmmakers who are more worried about what the Comic Con crowd thinks than they are about making a great movie need to have their director licenses revoked. Or at least suspended.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 12:41 p.m. CST

    Nathan Fillion as Duke Leto and Paul Muad'Dib

    by NippleEffect

    With a special appearance as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 12:45 p.m. CST

    McG was a fan of Terminator

    by Gorgomel

    and salvation is a big pile of shit. Pierre Morel movies are crap and his Dune will be a big pile of Kull Wahad garbage!

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Y'know who wasn't much of a fan?

    by Levon Swift

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 12:49 p.m. CST

    by Levon Swift

    Christopher Nolan, before he made Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Or Stanley Kubrick . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . before he made The Shining.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Someone said...

    by Omniviant

    "Just make Jodorowsky and Moebius' version already." Uh... have you ever read what Jodorowsky was going to do with the movie? It would've been so far removed from the book. True... Lynch can't direct action scenes (Though the knife fights are ok - and in truth he went with the wierding modules since they didn't want a "kung-fu" movie and you know how good 80's american made kung-fu movies were! It wasn't til the matrix came around that things started getting better. So I think they made an ok compromise.), and many of the optical special effects suck (I'm talking about you ornithopters), but he got the atmosphere right, he got the cast almost right (Never understood Linda Hunt's casting though, apart from Lynch being odd), the sets are fucking amazing, the designs of the various vehicles unique (Come on... how many 80's space ships flew "sideways"), and the ENTIRE script (Not the hacked up theatrical release or the butchered Extended release) is right on track. The sci-fi mini series on the other hand had a MUCH longer running time but dear Me! The production design on that one SUCKS - come on... Sardaukaur that look like 12th century Swiss Guard with big floppy hats. Actors with about as much charisma as a cardboard box (Yes William Hurt... I am talking about you as Duke Leto). Still they did have the "benefit" of more modern effects (Though I think someone said the worms had to be as different as possible from the Lynch film... cos they are more like carnivorous leech things) and of course they could really get "into" the meat of the story with the extended run time. I am happier about Pierre Morel doing this than Peter Burg. However, I have only seen taken - which was VERY much made by the casting of Liam Neeson. I am not going to bash anyone until I see a finished product and I wish Pierre all the best as I would love to see a REALLY great film adaptation of Dune. However, he has a LOT to prove and it's going to take a HUGE effort on the part of EVERYONE involved... not just him... to make it work out successfully... And I suspect the studio will want something more marketable than what Dune "the novel" really is.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Re: Christopher Nolan..

    by Hunter_Rose

    The Nolan Batman films are FAR from perfect. I still get much more of a rush watching the first Burton film, flawed though it is...

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Hmm, alright, I'll give him the chance.

    by Marksman230591

    Since he's a hardcore fan of the books, there's a chance he does a good job with it. I'm still not %100 sold on the idea of him directing.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 1:11 p.m. CST

    What is up with the action directors?

    by kells

    Just worries the crap out of me. Dune isn't an action film, though it obviously has sequences that can reflect action. But the story itself is equal parts politics, technology, philosophy, and religion. Any version that attempts to excise the deeper elements of the novel are bound to disappoint anyone who values the novel for those reasons, while any attempt to prioritize them are probable ways to ensure box office catastrophe. No one wins with Dune. Dammit. Ridley Scott, where are you when we need you?

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 1:11 p.m. CST

    And just cos I'm pimpin it...

    by Omniviant

    My Dune "Special Edition" project: See test animations at: LOL

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Morel does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    This guy is the real deal. I don't know if this is the sort of material he'll really excell with (id have preferred to see him given the next Bond outing) but I think with Morel at the helm this has a shot at being great.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Riddly Scott

    by Omniviant

    Would be great of course... this really does need a director with experience with complex naratives AND epic action. However, he missed his chance and I doubt would even be interested by now. (Still you never know your luck when you haven't got a gun!)

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 1:18 p.m. CST

    But, FUCK, the first book is 3 books!!!



  • Jan. 12, 2010, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Tom Hardy for Paul Atreidies

    by fitzcarraldo2

    He's my new favorite actor since I watched his astonishing performance in Bronson. He has a big range and perfect pitch and he's still a young guy.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Even better...

    by fitzcarraldo2

    Tom Hardy as Feyd! He would be utterly terrifying.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Hunter_Rose, Nolan's Batman films are far from perfect?

    by MattmanReturns

    Nolan understands the characters far more than Burton ever did. I'm not sure what a 'perfect' film is, aside from maybe The Godfather, but Batman Begins is a damn good one, and if Dark Knight isn't a masterpiece, I don't know what is.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Am I the only one...

    by mr.underwater

    That thinks Dune is pretty un-filmable? I mean, I thought Berg was wrong, this Morel guy doesn't seem much better, but to be honest, I couldn't tell you who's "right"<br><br>It's just that people bemoaned all the "political mumbo-jumbo" of the Star Wars prequels, and about 50% of Dune is the same mumbo-jumbo, which is interesting in a novel, but doesn't film terribly well. The bigger problem is, all the political maneuvering is what drives the plot forward, so if you cut most of it (as Lynch did) the audience is lost.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Another `well read`director

    by egomeme

    6 times,yes sure.But what is the poor guy gonna say,when a LOT off directors who should have knøwn better,have set an idiotic presedens .Like its their god given right to blow out of proportions,if not outright lie about the source materials impact on theyre lifes.sorry for ranting

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Prequel Political Mumbo-jumbo

    by David Cloverfield

    only sucked, because a: it was a movie for kids b: it wasn't really complex, didn't make sense and wasn't that interesting. Dune CAN be done. Sci-fi movies can't only be about laser pistols blazing, or silent contemplation of the universe and our place in it. There CAN be a political thriller/science fiction movie. (From what I heard JMS's World War Z movie script is exactly that. too bad I don't think we'll ever see it.)

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 2 p.m. CST

    Mattman - Dark Knight is no masterpiece.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    It's too choppy, it was badly cut as there are visibly very missing link scenes and it was in no way as good, for me at least, As Nolan's Batman Begins. I will say however without exagerrating, it does have one of the greatest modern movie performances by Ledger which makes it all the more fucking annoying he was so stupid with his medications - he would have been one of the best given another 30 years of films. As to this Dune, I'm optimistic - this guy can direct and he has vision. I actually love Lynch's version - visually, it is perfect as an adaption could have hoped to be. What he did with the story was a different matter but it was still good. I really, really loved SciFi's adaptions of Dune through Children of Dune. So if he can top either, I'll be ecstatic. Dune is a sacred story, beautiful from start to end. Really looking forward to this.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 2 p.m. CST

    You want, of course, Peter Weir

    by palimpsest

    Ridley Scott's already made this movie once - he called it KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 2:11 p.m. CST

    I know it sounds crazy

    by Zatoichi

    but I think that ED Harris is the perfect director or this project. Appalossa is handeled with great detail and it is so subtle that it fits in line with Dune, plus ED would make a bad ass Stilgar.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 2:18 p.m. CST

    Zatoichi - half agree.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    Ed Harris would make an awesome Stilgar. Not sure about his directing though but you could be right. Personally, I'd love to see Bobcat Goldthwaite get the gig. He's an incredibly gifted director and I'd love to see him do a massive project some time. Reckon he'd step up to the plate really well. I know, left field choice but it's not as crazy as it sounds. He's got a gift for quiet scenes, riotous humour, framing and pacing plus he knows what particular material needs. I'd l;ove to see him do this. Imagine Bobcat Goldthwaite's Dune being better than any adaption previously - how crazy would that be.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Humping a dry hole.

    by cookylamoo

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Merrick compares Riddick to Dune?

    by Player01

    WTF? Riddick had a 'Dune flavouring'???? I can't even begin to IMAGINE how you can compare those two. Oh wait, they are science fiction! Both are great properties, but there's no basis for comparison.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Hint_of_Smegma, badly cut?

    by MattmanReturns

    I'm not sure how it's "badly cut," as I thought the editing was perfectly paced. Do you want to watch someone walk the entire length of a corridor for 60 seconds, or do you want the editor to get the story moving? Do you want the film to be in real time? Not sure what your complaint is here.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Player01, I've heard that comparison from a few people

    by MattmanReturns

    and I don't get it either.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Mattman. My complaint is what I've described.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    It was in my original post and dont take it as an attack on the film, there is no need to be facetious. I love the film. But it's not as well done as it's made out to be. Scenes cut to other scenes several times with no logical progression. It felt very jarring to me on more than a few occasions. The editing may have been perfectly paced for you, to me I was left thinking a third of the movie was still needing to be shown.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 2:27 p.m. CST


    by Zatoichi

    Goldthwaite would be interesting my only fear would be that he might be too odd like Lynch. Dune is the expression of our world only evolved so it needs to be grounded in reality and not another surrealist vision, IMO.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Jodorowsky - there's a reason he didn't make Dune

    by Player01

    1) Jodorowsky did not read the novel, boasting that he did not need to, to bring his vision to Dune. WTF!<p> 2) Moebius's designs were... not good <p> 3) Chris Foss's designs were awesome.<p> 4) Jodorowsky's treatment was shit<p>

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 2:29 p.m. CST

    The only way this would interest me...

    by NeoDevilbaneX

    ... is if it was part of an ongoing "Dune Chronicles" series of movies that would go from book to book, ala Lord of the Rings and such.<br><br>We've already seen the first book adapted twice... let's move forward. There's other great Dune novels to explore.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Will the Ordos be in the movie?

    by Gorgomel

    gimme some Dune II vibe ala Westwood Studios anytime!

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 2:34 p.m. CST

    Zatoichi, not sure he would be too otherworldy

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    He's pretty great at intimate movies, character progression which blown up to the level of Dune would be what was needed. He's got the gift of breaking down ordinary life into the crazy place it really is, but without being all the way into the surreal. I know it will never happen in a million years but I genuinely think it's a shame, he'd bring us one hell of an interesting Dune, to say the least.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 2:43 p.m. CST

    other great Dune novels...?

    by Player01

    No, not really. None of the other novels hold a torch to Dune. I liked Children of Dune, and Messiah of Dune, but they are nowhere near as interesting or exciting as the first. The less said about the others - especially Chapterhouse Dune - the better... Also the 'sequels' written by his son are totally crap. In fact they are worse; if you're a fan, reading them will MAKE YOU ANGRY!!!1

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 2:50 p.m. CST

    What the Dune movie should be...

    by Miles_Teg

    On an abstract level, Dune is a meditation on the ego's predations on stability. A rebellion against the pre-determined life and a corrupt aristocracy. Throwing off the shackles of debauchery and returning to a more pure mode of life. It is the story of a boy's rise to manhood, as well as man's rise to godhood. On a mundane level--it is a story whose whose cast of characters include cutthroats, betrayers, schemers, and warriors. Who said this movie isn't about Action?

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Player 01.....the new Dune novels....

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    Have to say I agree with everything they've done from The Butlerian Jihad series onwards. The "House" series though was redable at least, and while nowhere as good a what Herbert himself had written even in the weaker Dune novels was a decent continuation. Everything else though has been shit of the highest magnitude.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 2:52 p.m. CST


    by Miles_Teg

    Heretics of Dune was pretty darn good. What do you have against that one? It contained the most distilled elements from the first book since--well, since the first book.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 3:03 p.m. CST

    OOHHHHH Did you read that? He's read the first one six times....

    by Gabba-UK

    That just makes it all fucking hunky dory then!! I'd read it at least 10 times by the time I was 17, bitch!!!! Twenty years later I've read it at least 15 more times. I think that makes me more fucking qualified than you!!!!!! Seriously however it seems that common sense has prevailed and the fact the movie is just going to be the first book is a start. But it really should be three films. That was the real problem with Lynch's version. The lack of time to tell the story correctly. And the Saudaukar have to be explained properly. If the film doesn't get across how utterly bad ass they are, it's going to be hard to sell how even more bad ass the Fremen are. And Paul.... don't even consider anyone over the age of 15 to play him. Ed Harris would make an unbelievable Stilgar. Good call however said that.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 3:17 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Finally i agree with you on something (Terminator 4 and Watchmen sucking ass!).

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 3:26 p.m. CST

    You know what'll happen...

    by MJohnson'll be the cinematic equivalent of the ass-raping of the original series that Brian "Live off my Father's talent" Herbert and Kevin "King of shit SF" Anderson have produced. What are they on now, "Shamelessness of Dune," the first book of a 62 book suckquel?

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 3:35 p.m. CST

    The Sardaukar

    by Zatoichi

    have not been done right for sure but I think the Bene Gesserit have been neglected just as bad. I would really like to see them done well since they are so important to the continued story.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 3:44 p.m. CST

    will it rain at the end again

    by awavey

    Dune isnt unfilmable, its just very awkard to fit the whole book in a film, without boring the hell out of the audience, or without taking alot of shortcuts with the source. and on that basis (let alone the SyFy version pretty much covered the book quite well) unless Morel has some fantastic unique new spin on the material that no-one has ever considered, why do it, there are plenty of SF stories out there (some even set on desert planets) that have never been adapted for film or television, fit far more easily with the constraints of movies, and with todays computer generated special fx could be made to look every bit as impressive, and heck people might appreciate watching something new for a change and not the umpteenth remake

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Dont make this movie

    by BixbySnyder

    Make it on tv instead. Less concessions have to be made. No cramming of the story either. What about HBO, no sci-fi on there? <p>Since they are putting dough into a fantasy project why not go with DUNE next? If HBO wants more geek material for programs and are thinking about producing something superhero related. How about a Sandman Mystery Theatre mini series. Or a QUESTION show? I could see that one, sorta like the X-FILES.</p>

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 4:57 p.m. CST

    3 hours and 10 minute running time —

    by blakindigo

    Place your bets now!

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 5:01 p.m. CST

    Well, with the hiring of Berg, and now Morel

    by mr.underwater

    It seems obvious they're going for a grittier, BSG take on the materiel. Which I think is a huge mistake<br><br>Call me kooky, but the movie in my head while reading the book was more David Lean than Paul Greengrass.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Again and again, Tarsem would be ideal.

    by Dingbatty

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Like Taken, casting will be key in this...

    by RedJester

    If the cast, writer, cinematographer, and composer are all insanely talented, it won't really matter that Pierre isn't that great of a director really... I mean if he gets all that stuff right, his love of the books should be enough to make this project good...

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 7:13 p.m. CST


    by symon

    David Lean! I completely agree. Dune should have a massive scope, not a bunch of gritty close-ups. How great would it be as an HBO series? I'd love to see that - one season for every book. I'd love to see God Emperor as a movie...

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 7:15 p.m. CST

    ...season, I mean...

    by symon

    I'd love to see God Emperor of Dune as a season of an HBO show. Although actually that's probably the one book in that series that might work as one movie, rather than as a miniseries. Anyway...

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 7:34 p.m. CST

    oh wel

    by pauduro

    If he is a hrado core fan then im not that woried

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 7:59 p.m. CST

    Taken was made by Neeson? Well Dark Knight was made...

    by hesiod2k Heath Ledger. People overrate the hell out of Dark Knight, which became a phenomenon because of the confluence of two factors: 1. Heath Ledger gave one of the greatest performances in film history. 2. Heath Ledger died tragcally shortly before the movie came out. Take Heath Ledger out of the film, and it makes half as much money. I don't care if you cast Johnny Depp or Russell Crowe, or whoever in that role. Its not the same. The movie itself was NOT a masterpiece. It was a well-crafted movie, that was made mesmerizing because you were watching a genius performance by an actor who just died.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Dune should not be made into a film.

    by hesiod2k

    It is far too dense and complex to be made into a film shorter than 5 hours long. Lynch's version was an abortion, frankly. People who praise it apparently never read the damn books. The only director who could possibly come close to making a good Dune film -- that included all the requisite layers and complexities and pacing necessary -- would be Stanley Kubrik, and he's dead. Of living, modern directors, I could see Ang Lee possibly taking a stab at it. Or even Nolan, perhaps. Someone with a ton of intelligence in his or her movie-making.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 8:09 p.m. CST

    uwe boll would be the perfect director

    by Waka_Flocka_Flame

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 8:38 p.m. CST


    by frank cotton

    is scouting locations

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Well, it looks like it's going to happen, anyway.

    by Jaka

    All the interest little tiny snippets of information garner on sites like AICN show that people are interested, too. Even if they're just interested in seeing how bad he screws it up. <br><br>Riddick, what? No interest.<br>

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Uwe's busy directing the new Spiderman film

    by RedJester

    With Gary Busey as PP, Jessica Simpson as GS, and Elizabeth Berkley as MJ.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 9:41 p.m. CST


    by nicegoogly

    I love both of Nolan's batfilms, loved Batman Begins more. I see both films as the success of what Ang Lee had hoped to achieve with Hulk. Nolan knows how to balance the drama with the action and make it all cool. Hulk had just as much action and just as much drama, but Lee had no idea how to balance that. The action scenes were twenty minutes too long. The (lame) drama dragged on and on and made me want for some anti-depressants. The Dark Knight's main character is Batman. There are a lot of scene stealers, but he is the focal point. All that happens in the movie is happening to him. Batman has so many influences in his life and showed that Batman and Bruce Wayne are note merely dual roles, but Bruce has to be the rich bad boy, the scary hero, the man Rachel once loved, the Bruce that Alfred knows and so on. The cuts were not to reduce the films running time, but to show that life, especially this one, evolves constantly and is effected by all of the people and their actions. The point of the end of the first film and the beginning of this one was escalation. There is no resolution, only evolution.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 9:56 p.m. CST


    by KGersen

    As long as this director does not totally fuck up Dune it will piss all over whatever the next Riddick film throws out. Can you not understand that Riddick after the first film was just a horrible derivative of many better sci-fi / fantasy concepts, hence why it was so shit....Necromongers, Underverse, Furians, jesus, George Lucas could have written these names and ideas. Whereas Dune is and always will be a startlingly original vision of humanity's future. Of course then Herbert's son and accomplice in crime came along and did exactly the same derivative hackjob on Frank Herbert's original vision to grab some money. But please do not compare the original Dune material and anything that the Riddick series may bring in any form.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 11:08 p.m. CST

    Nicegoogly - I understand the film quite well.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    As I've said, I love it. But those obviously cut scenes were bad editing choices pure and simple. Transitions between scenes shouldn't be jarring by such a degree unless that was the intent to show duality as sometimes is explored by way of editing contrasting scenes. That was not the case in Dark Knight. Where I found the film lacking was in transition where material had quite obviously been cut - not where Nolan was intentionally exploring the movies themes. Like I said, I love the film however another poster above put it very well - I'm paraphrasing but they pointed out it's a genuinely great film that has certain flaws, however is elevated further by one of the great movie performances by an actor who rather idiotically snuffed himself before it's release. It's a great film no question. Bit it is no masterpiece and it's editing at least was the worst of Nolan's films so far as an overall movie. Don't take my opinions a some form of attack, they're not - but I simply don't see it as a masterpiece the way some claim to.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 11:44 p.m. CST


    by immortal_pirate

    I read the book when I was in high school and loved it. Tried like hell to watch the '84 version but it hurt mah heart. With the technology we have today, I'm sure it can be done and be done well...but PLEASE GOD DON'T FUCK IT UP!

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 11:52 p.m. CST

    "Miles Teg"

    by Player01

    Now you *would* say that, wouldn't you?

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 11:56 p.m. CST

    Fremen = Taliban?

    by Player01

    They could give it a REALLY dangerous vibe by making the Fremen a bit Taliban-like. Really, the Fremen were religious nutcases. It always makes me laugh when I remember that 'the jews' turned up in later Herbert books.<p> Despite all this, I really, really want a great Dune movie. Bring it on home Pierre...

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 12:52 a.m. CST

    Are the Dune sequels good?

    by Man in Suit

    I read "Dune" for the first time last summer and really liked it but heard that the sequels "Dune Messiah", etc. are pretty bad, set thousands of years in the future, etc. Is that true?

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 1:54 a.m. CST

    Dune Sequels

    by KGersen

    All of the sequels written by Frank Herbert are very good. It's get pretty complex with the Leto II, the God Emperor, Honoured Matres, Face Dancers etc but if you reread them, it all ties up well. Don't bother going anywhere near the stuff written after by Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson, it's poorly written rubbish with banal plotting, irrational and inconsistent characters and ends up trashing the whole premise of the original Dune series.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 4:48 a.m. CST

    Never dug the sequels

    by BurnHollywood

    Always seemed like the epic sweep of the first novel was crushed down into a BBC-costume-drama "palace intrigue" approach for MESSIAH and CHILDREN. GOD EMPEROR was talky and preachy as fuck, and HERETICS/CHAPTERHOUSE were leading into an unfinished new series at Herbert's death, which Brian Herbert/Anderson finished without Herbert's gift for prose.<p> If you REALLY dug the original DUNE, I'd recommend an enthusiast actually move sideways into similar works, like Asimov's FOUNDATION TRILOGY (which is one big book, really...and again, the follow-ups are kind of iffy), Pynchon's GRAVITY'S RAINBOW (if you like giving your brain a work out researching minutiae) or Neil Stephenson's ANATHEM (has a DUNE-like complexity, complete with its own lexicon and timeline).

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 6:30 a.m. CST

    Dune Messiah and Children Of Dune are pretty good

    by AsimovLives

    Not as great as Dune itself, but darm good read. even the futher sequels do add dome interesting notions and details to the saga, but they progressively get less interesting on the whole.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 7:15 a.m. CST

    And some might take issue to this, but...

    by kells

    The Syfy mini-series of Dune Messiah and Children of Dune (simply called "Children of Dune") is actually better than their "Dune" mini-series...and manages to streamline a lot of the Herbertian weirdness of the text sequels.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 7:30 a.m. CST

    Agree with poster above.

    by parissun

    Dune should be done as a trilogy or don't do it all. You all know this movie will run two and half hours and will be a disaster. From Dune to DINO. So, either do it as a trilogy or just leave it alone. Everything doesn't have to be turned into a movie. Just read the damn book. It's okay.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 7:38 a.m. CST

    Dune Needs a Tripod

    by WriteFromLeft

    No ShakeyCam, s'il vous plait.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Dune = Lawrence Of Arabia in space

    by AsimovLives

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 7:58 a.m. CST

    I feel this weird Lord of the Ring / Watchmen vibe

    by ricarleite2

    When the director is such a "great fan"...

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 8:14 a.m. CST

    ricarleite2, meu chapa

    by AsimovLives

    Lord of the Ring only really went wrong, as such, with the 3rd movie. And the least said about the movie WATCHMENT the better.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Dune is an ok book.

    by Sailor Rip

    That's about it. It's like mass hysteria or something. Somebody years ago proclaimed it the greatest sci-fi novel ever written and everone since is like "Oh ok I guess it is."

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 9:24 a.m. CST

    OK book????

    by AsimovLives

    No, it's not an OK book. It's an excelent book. It's one of the most ambitious stories ever put into writing form, not only on the Sf genre, but in all 20th century literature. It's scope can only be matched by such literary works as War And Peace.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Sailor Rip obviously hasn't read it.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    Trying to say the critical acclaim and unabashed readership love for Dune is some sort of bandwagon everyone jumped on is simply saying to haven't a clue about the novel. It's acclaimed for very good reason. When you've graduated from your copy of The Hungry Caterpillar and are ready for a book with actual paragraphs, giv it a go.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 12:17 p.m. CST


    by BurnHollywood

    "And the least said about the movie WATCHMEN the better."<p> Loved the WATCHMEN movie, actually.<p> But this just reminds me why another DUNE movie is such a waste of time...because EVERYBODY has an opinion on the book (or Lynch's version), NOBODY will be happy with it. And I'm already sensing this borderline resentment towards this Morel fellow that will eventually metastasize into outright hatred by its release.<p> He needs to walk away. Quickly.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 12:17 p.m. CST

    You've Never Seen Lynch's Version

    by Dr. Boozehound

    ...and neither have I... as it was almost 4 hours long and never finished. Dune is like Lawrence of Arabia, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and Syrana all rolled into one. There is almost no chance of someone adapting it to film successfully. I can allow that Lynch's version seemed to be more dedicated to the internal spiritual and religious story (which I like a lot). I'd hate to see that aspect abandoned. The problem is that there's almost no way to do the Novel Justice in a single film. It's too big and the scope, plot, and tone are too rich for a proper rendering to be done in a single film. God love them for trying, but if you abandon one iota of the tone and spirit in order to bring forth any of approximately 50% of the plot that DeLaurentis and Lynch's version eliminated or worse yet in order to have more elaborate FX driven action sequences, it will be miserable. I know Lynch's action sequences bordered on clunky at times (was this Lynch making them etherial or budget?) but the sublime beauty of the sandworms and the weirding way must be maintained... made more exciting to be sure, but they must not lose any of their 'magic' or I swear I will hate this guy forever. Dune is like Lawrence of Arabia, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and Syrana all rolled into one. There is almost no chance of someone adapting it to film successfully.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 12:19 p.m. CST

    I don't want DUNE the book on film.

    by Toilet_Terror

    How boring would that be? This project is really execution-dependant. Which means they need a better director than the guy who made TAKEN. My vote would be for Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Dr. Boozehound

    by BurnHollywood

    I have to agree...everyone who's read the book and thinks it would make a great movie always focuses on the nifty knifefights and sandworm battles, forgetting that the novel has a MASSIVE amount of backstory and abstract exposition.<p> My favorite super-subtle moment: when the Baron sees a Spacing Guild rep with a missing contact lens...his eyes have turned black from spice addiction, and in that instant he realizes why Landsraad, the Emperor and the Guild have all converged on this seemingly irrelevant desert world and are so terrified of this Muad'dib guy. How the hell do you put THAT in a movie?

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Give the underdog a chance....

    by charabicharabia

    I will.....cause I don't need all the predictable directors to direct all the movies that I enjoy... Besides, the guy has worked with Luc Besson on some really awesome stuff. I posted this before. It's not just the director that makes a film good. It's the team of people who work on it...And keep the studio people at bay ! Don't let them decide what the movie should be...don't let them ruin your vision !!!

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 1:52 p.m. CST

    She's Dead, Muad'dib...Wrapped in Plastic...

    by REMcycle

    According to the Dune (film) wiki: In 1981, the nine-year film rights were set to expire. De Laurentiis re-negotiated the rights from the author, adding to them the rights to the Dune sequels (written and unwritten). After seeing The Elephant Man, Raffaella De Laurentiis decided that David Lynch should direct the movie. Around that time Lynch received several other directing offers, including Return of the Jedi. David Lynch directing Jedi? I don't know if I'd be ready for the Log Lady piloting an X-Wing fighter...I however would be totally into Harry Dean Stanton as a janitor on the Death Star. THAT would be entertainment, my friends!

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 3:02 p.m. CST

    David Lynch on Jedi

    by BixbySnyder

    <p>Your too late buddy. Lynch already commented on this old rumour.</p> <p>It's on Youtube, check it out.</p> <p>And...NO it would NOT have been ok.</p> <p>If it would have been as fucked up and awesome(on a whole other level) as Lynch's other projects...</p> <p>THAT would have been a raping of childhoods.</p> <p>Shit, i bet there would be support groups for that movie today...</p> <p>No. Fuck that.</p> <p>ROTJ was great when i saw it.</p> <p>Still is.</p>

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 7:35 p.m. CST


    by Miles_Teg

    I do admit to a certain bias on my part, yes :) I happily agree that most of the books after Dune were crap (messiah, god emperor) but Heretics has action, politics, and character development in spades.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 8:41 p.m. CST

    Just making "DUNE"............

    by striker663

    the movie will always come up short. The later novels of Dune are what really adds depth and color to the whole universe. For those owho hate "God emperor of Dune", you miss the whole point of the series. Someone should have the guts to go ahead and take on the entire series. Gonna probbaly cost a couple of billion dollars to produce and market over 15 years. But done right, it could make a few billion dollars in profit and be an awesome spectacle putting all other sci-fi in the dust. And it should all be done in 3-D.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 9:10 p.m. CST

    huh didnt they do this?

    by chainsaw_shawn

    Dune was re-done for the scifi channel why are they doing this story again, another 4 hour snorefest, fighting over spices. Shit all that technology and they couldnt go off world to findthe fucking spices somewhere else! fuck that stupid shit!

  • Jan. 14, 2010, 3:42 a.m. CST


    by KGersen

    Looks like some people who read Frank Herbert's original sequels don't seem to understand the whole purpose of the's all about humanity achieving its potential and spreading out so that it can never be oppressed or destroyed. That was Paul Atreides's vision and his son Leto II deliberately brutalises the people to cause the Scattering, the development of people who cannot be seen by those with precognition as well no-ships and alternatives to Arrakis. That is the Golden Path that both Paul and his son saw for humanity and they destroyed much to rebuilt something that would last forever. Anyway I thought Lynch's design was fantastic, the storytelling not so much. I really doubt any filmmaker can do Dune itself justice, so much for the whole original series. Lord of The Rings was challenging I'm sure on a technical / visualization front but the story is relatively straightforward when compared to Dune. As for the Foundation Series, a great series as well but I doubt again it can really be done justice on film. Interesting to note the similarity between what Hari Seldon did in Foundation and Paul Atreides did in Dune.

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