Pierre Morel: New Dune’s New Director.

Jan 2010 – ‘Dune’ remake back on track with director Pierre Morel (EW/Hollywood Insider)

The studio has hired Taken helmer Pierre Morel to oversee the movie. Paramount is currently looking for a new writer to incorporate Morel’s vision of the project into the original draft by Quantum of Solace scribe Josh Zetumer.

http://hollywoodinsider.ew.com/2010/01/04/dune-remake/

It took them long enough :P. Morel, like Berg, is very much an action director with only a handful of films behind him. I wonder who exactly is pushing the film in this direction? The producers are the same ones who gave us the longer, more literary and perhaps ‘pedestrian’ miniseries – Does Paramount want another Transformers or Star Trek? They definitely brought in some cash – are they the template?

Jan 2010 – ‘Dune’ Adaptation Will Be ‘Very Respectful To The Original Novel,’ Pierre Morel Says (MTV Movie Blog)

Morel: “I’ve been a fan of that book – because I will not refer to the movie – I’ve been a fan of the book since I was a teenager.

“I’m trying to be very respectful to the original novel, but it’s a challenge; there’s a lot of expectation, all the readers will be waiting for me with their shotguns. All the non-readers will also be waiting for us, because it’s such a complex, rich novel and you have to make it accessible to those who have not read the book. So, it’s a tough challenge but I’m very excited about that.”

http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2010/01/11/exclusive-dune-adaptation-will-be-very-respectful-to-the-original-novel-pierre-morel-says/

So far so good. Faithful might have a more positive choice of words, but with the amount of cash being poured into this and failure of the 1984 film we should expect a certain amount of adaptation. The film industry, especially the blockbuster end of things, doesn’t like risks.

Jan 2010 – ‘Dune’ Director Explains Plans For ‘Faster’ Movie, Better Representations Of Clothes And Tech (MTV Movie Blog)

Morel:[David Lynch’s 1984 movie] was interesting, but not what we [fans] expected. And I thought I’d give it a chance, try to do this, make it faster and more modern. I think that now, in 2010, we have the technology to achieve much more than David could do twenty-five years ago. I think it will be cool to try something different.”

[Elaborating on his plan for the  concept design] “We’ll try to figure out what things may look like 10,000 years from now; it’s all about reconfiguring the entire universe. Everything is going to be very different than [it is] now, and we know from the book that there’s no more computers, no thinking machines. So a lot of the technology is going to be different. We’ll be working with design concepts, futurists and scientists who will give us a vision of how technology may evolve with certain conditions. That might lead us to another vision of the future – it’s not David Lynch’s vision, it’s not ours either, but in-between.”

http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2010/01/13/exclusive-dune-director-explains-plans-for-faster-movie-better-representations-of-clothes-and-tech/

Faster… yes they are still going down the action route. Faithful and action packed. Should be interesting.

Now, where he goes next is weird. I get that he’s trying to distance himself from Lynch’s Dune – it failed and is a bit of a joke really. But, the visual design was one of the things it did right. Dune is a feudal society, so the design takes cues from Renaissance (feudal ) Italy – it’s a visual cue, a piece of shorthand that allows the director to convey and reinforce the feudalism without having to spell it out. Dune should be a unique vision of a distant future, but modern isn’t really a vibe I get from Dune.

But on a certain level he is saying the right things again – the technology we use to design our objects and buildings influences how they look. Architectural modelmakers influenced how buildings looked when they started to use laser-cut perspex. So it follows that in Dune things won’t look like they’ve been designed in the computer. How that tallies with modern… who knows.

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Dune goes to “Hollywood Hell” – KJA

Nov 2009 – Brian Herbert (and Kevin J. Anderson) Interview (The Author Hour)

Matthew Peterson: …I hear that there is another Dune movie that’s in the works. How is that one going?

Kevin J. Anderson:
It’s in Hollywood hell at the moment.

Matthew Peterson: Oh, yeah.

Kevin J. Anderson: It’s kind of a waiting game. But we can certainly hope, because I think Peter Jackson really raised the bar for all the film makers. When he did The Lord of the Rings, I think he really proved to everybody that you really can do justice to a huge, epic, complex story and get it right.

Matthew Peterson: Yeah. Well, third time is a charm. [laughs]

Brian Herbert: They’re talking about a classic interpretation of Dune, and Paramount’s pretty serious about it, so I’m hoping it goes forward.

http://theauthorhour.com/brian-herbert/

Another fairly standard nu-dune interview where Brian hints that he might just have a clue and KJA sounds like a cock. No real surprises, Paramount does have high hopes for it’s big budget adaptation of Dune, but 2 years later the script’s not finished, the director’s quit and all they’ve got to show for it is Kevin J. Anderson sounding like a cock.

Could be worse.

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Dune looks for new director

Oct 2009 – Exclusive: An Update on the Dune Remake  (Pajiba)

“Peter Berg completely dropped the project a few weeks ago — his Film 44 production company backed out, and now Paramount is scrambling to find a new director.

The search, however, has run into two issues: 1) they’re looking for a director who can put the movie together for under $175 million, which sounds manageable, but they don’t want anything resembling the crap effects of the ‘84 film, and 2) they want a director who already has a preexisting passion for the novel and is enthusiastic about the project. Right now, Paramount is shopping the script to two directors: They like Neill Blompkamp (District 9), who has the right vision, but the frontrunner, at the moment, is Neil Marshall (The Descent), who was sent the script early this month. However, despite the enthusiasm of producer, Kevin Misher (Public Enemies), the studio is somewhat tepid on Marshall, uncertain about handing over a $175 million film with franchise potential to a somewhat unknown director whose only hit was the modestly successful The Descent.”

http://www.pajiba.com/trade_news/dune-remake-update.php

It sounds like Byron Merrit and KJA were right all along; I know this will make a lot of happy people even happier. And the mention of Neill Blompkamp’s name will make them dangerously happy – since we found out that Berg was out back in September,  his name has been at the top of many fan’s wish lists.

So what new information is actually in this blog post? The budget will be $175M – that’s more than Paramount spent of Star Trek and is a very impressive amount of cash. At least the effects should be top notch :)

A quick round-up of what’s been going on with Peter Berg’s new Dune Movie. More movie news will be posted here at the Fish Speaker as and when it comes up – Stay tuned!

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Pattinson NOT in Dune.

Sept 2009 – Setting the Record Straight on Robert Pattinson Roles (Gossip Cop)

“But what about Pattinson re-making “Dune,” a rumor which set Twitter atwitter? While it’s true that Peter Berg remains intent on doing a re-make of the 1984 film that starred Kyle MacLachlan, Robert Pattinson will NOT be in the film, a source close to the actor tells Gossip Cop.”

http://www.gossipcop.com/setting-the-record-straight-on-robert-pattinson-roles/

This fits with Berg saying he’s looking for, “guys in their late teens.” in the ‘Hard PG-13′ MTV Blog Post. Phew! I’m hoping they’ll find a suitably incredible unknown :)

A quick round-up of what’s been going on with Peter Berg’s new Dune Movie. More movie news will be posted here at the Fish Speaker as and when it comes up – Stay tuned!

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Berg definately not directing Dune? (again)

I just had a last quick look at the official Dune forum and I saw this from Herbert-grandson Byron Merritt:

He’s not directing. It’s been confirmed by Paramount higher-ups.

Guess that settles it… does it? Who knows? Does Berg know? I’m off to bed. :)

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Berg back, script drafted, KJA talking testicles?

Sept 2009 – ‘Dune’ Remake Will Have ‘Hard PG-13′ Rating With Franchise Potential, Reveals Peter Berg (MTV Movies Blog)

Josh Zetumer’s script, Berg revealed, is almost 200 pages long—”a massive epic,” Berg said—and it could potentially spawn more than just the one film. With the project still in the script phase, the task now for Berg and his team is to “figure out how we can beat [the script] into something manageable without offending the purists,” he explained, as “filmmakers have struggled [in the past] because it’s a very complicated book to crack.”

“My experience with the book was different than David Lynch’s experience or the people behind the Sci Fi Channel’s experience. I found it to be more of an adventure tale, more of a muscular action/adventure story. I think that’s my approach, not as an R-rated film, but as a pretty hard PG-13 film about a young man dealing with issues of vengeance over the death of his father and wanting some payback and having to come to terms with his destiny along the way.”

http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2009/09/14/exclusive-dune-remake-will-have-hard-pg-13-rating-with-franchise-potential-reveals-peter-berg/

Eh? Berg’s still directing? Were Kevin J. Anderson and Herbert-grandson Byron Merritt talking out of their bottoms? That would explain why there has been no news of Berg’s “departure” outside of the Herbert Camp.

I know a lot of people were very happy with news of Berg’s departure and hoped he would take his “muscular action/adventure story” with him on his way out. However this blog post suggests he’s still in the director’s chair and as “muscular” as ever…

There are a couple of more encouraging bits in there too though: Josh Zetumer has completed his first draft – to get this in perspective: the average movie script is around 90-120 pages long, Zetumer’s script is 200 pages. That’s huge, and if they choose (crazy idea here) to film it as two back-to-back movies, this project has a chance. But if they cut it down to 2 hours 11 minutes, it will be the 1984 film all over again – aka MASSIVE FAIL. No sequels. There’s a suggestion here that they understand this, I hope they do.

It’s good that at least Zetumer sounds like he has the right end of the stick – Dune is a complex story and deserves to be treated as such. Writing is the first chance to make any movie great.

A quick round-up of what’s been going on with Peter Berg’s new Dune Movie. More movie news will be posted here at the Fish Speaker as and when it comes up – Stay tuned!

May 2009 – Rob Pattinson To Go From New Moon To New Dune? (X17 Online)

While on a short break from shooting New Moon [Twilight 2] up in Vancouver, Rob met with Friday Night Lights and Hancock director Peter Berg, who’s also set to direct another big screen adaptation of the sci-fi classic, Dune.

http://x17online.com/celebrities/robert_pattinson/rob_pattinson_to_go_from_new_moon_to_new_dune-05112009.php

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Berg quits Dune – “Paramount wanted someone dedicated”

In a post about Peter Berg’s upcoming Hancock sequel – which seems to have moved up a gear in the past few days, io9.com speculated:

“This most likely means director Peter Berg’s Dune will be pushed back another two years.”

However Byron Merritt, Frank Herbert’s grandson and admin on the official Dune Forum posted this in response to the rumour that Peter Berg would not direct Dune (2010):

“It is official: Peter Berg is no longer the director. Who will it be? We’ll have to wait and see.”

“I believe it was mutually understood between Paramount and Berg. He has too many other items on his plate and Paramount wanted someone dedicated to the DUNE film.”

It’s a bit odd that it’s only KJA and Byron (both in the Herbert camp) saying this stuff and it is yet to surface on any “more reputable” sources.  :-?

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Peter Berg will NOT direct Dune (2010)

Kevin J. Anderson, co-author of the new Dune novels was at Dragon*Con Atlanta today on a panel discussing Frank Herbert’s work in prose and film apparently stated that Peter Berg will not be directing the new Dune adaptation.

Thanks to Jacurutu.com founder (and Dune Fan Extraordinary) Freakzilla for the early heads-up on this – I’m sure we’ll be hearing more on this tomorrow morning :)

Well… that came a bit out of the blue, didn’t it? Berg’s IMDb page lists 9 separate projects  – including Battleship, Hercules and Hancock 2, as ‘in development’ so it’s probably a safe bet to imagine he left to concentrate on some of these. The Dune movie will most probably continue, especially given the fight the Producers had to get it this far, and the big hopes of Paramount behind it. But to loose it’s director – especially one who has been so closely associated with the project since the beginning must be a blow.

But this may be cause for cautious optimism – Berg’s “muscular” and “fun” take on the source material had some fans of Frank Herbert’s original vision rather worried to say the least…

Check back soon!

:)

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Brian Herbert: “They want to do a classic interpretation of the novel”

Aug 2009 – Winds of Dune Author Brian Herbert on Flipping the Myth of Jihad (SciFi Scanner – AMC Blogs)

Q: Are you optimistic about Peter Berg’s upcoming adaptation?
[Brian Herbert]A: Kevin and I are technical advisors on it. We sat in with them for a meeting about the script, and we gave them a lot of information and our feelings about the need for authenticity. They want to do a classic interpretation of the novel, and it would follow the plot more carefully. But it’s such a huge canvas. And so we’re in the script-writing phase right now, and we’re hopeful it gets the green-light beyond that. And if the movie does well, then there will be additional Dune movies and perhaps some TV specials and that kind of thing.”

http://blogs.amctv.com/scifi-scanner/2009/08/brian-herbert-interview.php#more

“Classic interpretation” is sounding a little more hopeful, and the mention of additional movies and TV specials hints that they really want to push the Dune franchise for all it’s worth. Which could go both ways.

A quick round-up of what’s been going on with Peter Berg’s new Dune Movie. More movie news will be posted here at the Fish Speaker as and when it comes up – Stay tuned!

May 2009 – Rob Pattinson To Go From New Moon To New Dune? (X17 Online)

While on a short break from shooting New Moon [Twilight 2] up in Vancouver, Rob met with Friday Night Lights and Hancock director Peter Berg, who’s also set to direct another big screen adaptation of the sci-fi classic, Dune.

http://x17online.com/celebrities/robert_pattinson/rob_pattinson_to_go_from_new_moon_to_new_dune-05112009.php

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