Dune Being Adapted Again?! This Time By Peter Berg!
It's the last Friday before Christmas and the snow is falling here in Colorado and as much as I'd love to settle down with my HD-DVD player, the giant sandworms are acting up again on Arrakis. It's arguably one of the greatest science fiction novels ever written (by Frank Herbert) and it's already had two epic adaptations already - one by David Lynch in 1984 (left, above) and one a mini-series on the Sci Fi Channel (right, above). Yep, Dune is being adapted yet again! And it's nearly a done deal! The Kingdom and Friday Night Lights director Peter Berg is confirmed to direct and even went as far to say "if it weren't for the writer’s strike, we’d be in it right now."
MTV caught up with Berg recently, who confirmed his involvement and said that a script hasn't even been written yet, but as soon as the strike ends they'll get one underway. Berg is a "huge fan of the book" and said that the scale of the film will be "big big big." Unfortunately, Berg is planning to directed Edwin A. Salt before Dune, which all comes after he finishes Hancock, the Will Smith superhero movie, due out next summer. That means we won't see this new Dune until 2010, at least.
I'll admit - the Sci Fi Channel mini-series is a huge guilty pleasure. I could watch that thing in one sitting with about 5 pizzas and a 24-pack of beer and love every minute of it. Just hearing that they're making this again gets me excited. In the current state Hollywood is in, seeing a glorified remake with better visual effects and more excitement and energy could be awesome. As much as I'm not fond of Hancock, I did like The Kingdom a lot and I have some confidence in Peter Berg. I'm pretty sure he could pull off a badass Dune, that's for sure.
What's your call? Is Peter Berg a great choice for a new Dune adaptation? Or is a Dune adaptation unnecessary to begin with?