Taken's Pierre Morel Hired to Direct the New Dune Adaptation
Oh hell yes! EW has just announced that Paramount has hired French director Pierre Morel, of Taken and the upcoming From Paris with Love, to direct their new adaptation of Frank Herbert's sci-fi classic Dune. Originally, The Kingdom and Hancock director Peter Berg was supposed to direct, but he left the project last year (to direct Universal's Battleship movie instead) and Paramount was left without a director. Now they've brought on Morel and are "currently looking for a new writer to incorporate Morel's vision of the project into the original draft by Quantum of Solace scribe Josh Zetumer." Whoa, now I've got high hopes for this!
While I do think this means that this new Dune will be infused with a lot more action than we've seen in any adaptation prior, EW does also say that "Morel plans to make a very faithful adaptation of the 1965 book by Frank Herbert." I just hope that it's also packed with some good French action, as that is what Morel is known for and it would be a shame to see him skimp on the action. I'm very curious to hear what his vision of the project is exactly, but I've got a lot more faith in Morel than I did with Berg. While I was worried that Berg's version wasn't going to be that good, I'm now pretty excited with Morel, I think he'll do a great job.
I'm sure we'll start to hear a lot more about Dune again now that Morel is attached, so stay tuned. Until them, though, do you think Morel is a good choice? Will he bring new life to this Dune adaptation?