Berg directs his Dune
Some news we heard about the other day is that Peter Berg has begun to talk about his planned production of Dune - yes he's remaking the classic story, or if we're going to be honest about it he's going right back to the Frank Herbert source novel and bypassing the David Lynch version.
Berg is not only developing the film but he also hopes to direct, and so he's the perfect one for telling us now how it's all going to turn out, because out there some Dune fans are a tad worried.
The Frank Herbert novel (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com) has led to five sequels and prequels even after his death, not written by him of course, but in film it's the David Lynch film of Dune from 1984 that broke the ground first, although SciFi network (the new name will change back I'm sure) made a new mini-series in 2000 that was much better received but never gained the same sort of audience.
"I think I had a much more different experience, I think, with the book than David Lynch did…To me, I think my interpretation will feel significantly different from that and the [Syfy] Channel miniseries that aired. I have a different experience than both of those filmmakers did."
Now that is interesting, the story says that he's more intent on bringing in an epic adventure feel to the film, but he doesn't think that he needs to alienate the fans of the book, the film or the mini-series. That's no small task.
"[The book] was much more muscular and adventurous, 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."
He's keen to direct the film too, although he has to make sure that the script arrives in time in his busy schedule, although it does sound as though he really wants to direct this film so I suspect he might make it work.
Berg's Dune (which has a kind of interesting ring to it, think about it) does sound rather interesting, mainly because he believes he can film it and bring something new to the story. I wonder if he's thinking of starting a franchise or just a single, complete film?