EsperandoAGodot wrote:And the worst part is, they're being brazen about it.
But anyway, didn't Berg say that the themes are there but he doesn't really care much about them? I mean that quote needn't be taken quite so terribly. Frankly, it makes him sound like someone who's been working hard on the process of adapting the story for a movie. Dune is a daunting work. In order to distill it and make it into a successful screenplay, you need to figure out where the actual story hangs. For a screenwriter, everything else is themes and window dressing - they don't have the same luxury a novelist does.
So yes, it could just be Peter Berg speaking pedantically and sounding like an ass about something that's really rather benign, i.e. the process of adapting an epic novel into a screenplay.
Or he could be retarded.
I'll take retarded for a thousand, Alex.
Personally, I see little cause to doubt the critics. Not every fan critical of Berg's Dune is demanding the new film follow some narrowly defined list of must-haves as laid down in stone by the geek elite of the all powerful internet. We also aren't being critical just for the sake of being critical. Some of us do have perspective.
What I do see in articles about Berg-Dune is all the wrong ideas. They hire Berg, whose films have all the subtlety and subtext of a UFC match; looks like he learned little from Mann. Then Paramount hires Hollywood's latest hard-on, Zetumer, to pen the thing, who from what I can piece together on this near-unknown, is another pretentious screenwriter that talks Kubrick but writes McG. And then we get shit like this:
As the article notes, "The filmmakers consider its theme of finite ecological resources particularly timely."
Berg: There is a sense in the book that the commodity is driving the train. But I don’t want to hang the story on that. I read the book and really liked it. What I never saw in Lynch’s film was a really strong adventure story. There’s a much more muscular time to be had there.
Now which muscle would that be? The one in Berg's anus? Doesn't sound like he's using the muscle on top of his shoulders, except to stick it through the muscle in his backside.
Seriously, I'm just looking for one sign that the filmmakers understand the material and don't plan Dune as the next I, Robot-in-name-only
. But from what I'm reading, the new Dune is well on it's way down the Hollywood gamut into a fate as repackaged, obtuse summer action flick. I want to hear someone involved with the film say they aren't going to focus the film on one subtext like the ecology and instead endeavour to create an adaptation as substantive as possible. I want to hear from some script writer who isn't afraid of the complexity of Dune, but actually embraces the challenge to do the deep, multi-layered world of the novel justice. I want to hear from a DP who says they have a great idea for the visual motif of the film that will work brilliantly with the subtlety of the script. I want to hear from a director who doesn't spout "muscular adventure" for a story that is anything but.
Maybe it's just me, but I don't think that's too much to ask from a proper Dune adaptation.