Morel is Throwing Out Berg's Dune Script, Interested in 3D?
Ever since Taken director Pierre Morel was hired a few weeks back to direct Paramount's new adaptation of Frank Herbert's Dune, he's been talking openly with a lot of different people about what to expect, even though they don't even have a finished script. Morel most recently spoke with IGN and revealed that they're "starting from scratch" and throwing out the original script written by Josh Zetumer for Peter Berg. "Peter had an approach which was not mine at all, and we're starting over again. I don't think we're going to keep any elements of the Peter Berg script. It was good, actually. It was interesting. It was just not our vision."
Last year, we reported that Zetumer's script was "a massive epic" coming in 200 pages. Morel wouldn't reveal who they've hired to write the new script, but he does say he'll be working on developing Dune for the next few months (after his new film From Paris with Love is release). "Dune is such a huge, huge project," Morel says. "It's big, it's challenging, it's long-term -- we're only starting. We have to rewrite the script, we have to develop a whole universe. It's going to be a long thing, so who knows. But I'm passionate about Dune so I'd love to do it next." Morel adds: "Everybody now who reads Dune reads it with David Lynch's images in mind. So we have to get away from that."
So what will Morel's vision of Dune be like if it's different from David Lynch's and Peter Berg's versions? "We're doing a re-reading, a brand new approach on the book, a very true approach to the book, the original material. So we will have to deal with trying to erase the image that David Lynch did so we can propose our image." One part of the book that they're working on is the "inner monologues" where readers hear the thoughts of various characters. "Everything that is in Paul [Atreides'] head, we'll have to show it on screen and find the right approach to make it visually interesting. But I think the technology we have now allows us much more than we could do before, so we'll see." I'm very curious to see what they'll do.
Lastly, addressing the 3D question (which will always be asked about every movie from now on), Morel says: "It's so early in the project that we haven't had that conversation yet. I'd love it to be 3D, of course. It's the kind of movie that has the scope to be 3D. Will they do it in 3D? I'd push for that, but I don't know. As a viewer, [I've watched] Avatar with my kids twice in the theater already and had a blast. It's an amazing experience." Indeed in is, and I'd only support a 3D Dune if they shoot it from the ground up in 3D, just like they did with Avatar. Now that would be something to behold! Still excited to see Morel's Dune?