Director Peter Berg on What We Can Expect in His Dune
Before director Peter Berg goes off to helm the Battleship movie for Universal, or anything else for that matter, I want to see his epic new Dune movie first. Maybe it's because I'm a big sci-fi fan and because I think we could use another Dune adaptation, I'm not exactly sure, but I hope it happens soon. SciFi Wire caught up with Berg recently and asked him about the status of Dune, which he says he's working on "getting up and running." So while we still don't know when we'll ever see this, he does talk more about what we can expect to see (if it ever happens). And of course, he wants this to be different than before.
"I had a much more different experience, I think, with the book than David Lynch did," Berg says about Lynch's Dune movie from 1984, one of two big adaptations of Frank Herbert's novel. "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." Well that's good, we'll get to see something new and different, I'm down for that. Just as long as he makes it epic and adventurous and keeps all the same elements that make it so damn good, like the sandworms and blue spice-eyes (which he will include).
"[The book] was much more muscular and adventurous, more violent and possibly even a little bit more fun," Berg goes on to say. "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've got no problems with what he's saying, and honestly, I'm just excited to see him work on this, even if it is going to be more dynamic than the Lynch version or the SciFi miniseries. Maybe that's exactly the reason I'm so excited to see this happen. But how will the Dune diehards respond? Thoughts?