Pierre Morel Talks New Dune, Says It's 'All About the First Book'
Barely a week ago, it was announced that French director Pierre Morel would be taking over the Dune adaptation in the works at Paramount. He was hired to replace Peter Berg, who had dropped out to make Battleship instead. Coming from the action films Taken and From Paris with Love, this was exciting news, especially because I think he'll do a great job with the material. MTV caught up with Morel and asked him about his interest in this project and his plans for it. The good news: "Oh my God yes, I've been a fan of that book - because I will not refer to [Lynch's] movie - I've been a fan of the book since I was a teenager."
Morel explains that "as a David Lynch movie, I loved it. [But] as a 'Dune' fan [of the book], I was not such a big fan." So Morel is going "back to the roots" of the groundbreaking 1965 book by Frank Herbert. "I've been reading it over and over again – well, I'm 45 now, so for 30 years," Morel says. Since there were six books in the series, he'd re-read each one before buying a new one. "So, by the time I bought the sixth book I had already read the first one six times! So, I'm a hardcore fan." He certainly is! As for his plans for this:
"[My movie] is all about the first book. I'm trying to be very respectful to the original novel," he explained. "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."
So he doesn't say much we didn't already know, but it's great to hear that he's a big fan and that he is putting all of his effort into making sure this is faithful and hopefully a movie that people will fall in love with (just like the book). "Morel hopes that Dune will be the next movie he'll shoot, and that fans will want to re-visit it as many times as he has Herbert's original novel." So while Paramount waits for Josh Zetumer to finish the script, we'll be crossing our fingers hoping that it gets the greenlight soon, that way Morel doesn't eventually leave the project before it gets made. For now I still think he's a great choice for Dune. What about you?