So Dune is still interesting to a lot of people, Peter Berg is apparently one of them, and he says that his take on Frank Herbert’s much-beloved sci-fi epic will be much different from its two previous adaptations.
Berg recently told Sci Fi Wire that he feels there is a more energetic, muscular version of Dune that is alive in Herbert’s book. He also stressed that his experience of the book was much different from that of David Lynch and the filmmakers behind the Sci Fi network’s miniseries version of it.
“The book was much more muscular and adventurous,” Berg said, “more violent and possibly even a little bit more fun. I think those are all elements of my experience of the book that can be brought in without offending the die-hard fans of the Bene Gesserit and Kwisatz Haderach. There’s a more dynamic film to be made.”
I’m not that familiar with the Dune story. I have seen bits and pieces of the David Lynch film from the early 80s and, based on what I saw, I thought it was appropriately grand, sprawling and completely coked-out in a way that only Lynch can deliver. It doesn’t surprise me that they are choosing to remake this again considering remakes are one of the few sure things we can count on from Hollywood these days.
Berg is an interesting choice for this material. He has revealed himself to be one of the most ambitious of Hollywood directors in the past few years. With The Rundown, The Kingdom and Hancock all to his credit, he is making a bid for Tony Scott-like action movie greatness. It really depends on the specifics of his take on Dune, but I think he could really score with this material. I’m anxious to hear more about what he plans to do with it.