On why I think DUNE could be made into a great movie

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Postby moreh_yeladim » 04 Dec 2008 16:55

This shouldn't even be one movie. It really should receive the "Lord of the Rings" treatment: a trilogy. Separate the films along the lines of the "books" within "Dune" itself. So we'd end up with three films...

"Dune -- Arrakis"... about the moving of the Atreides family from Caladan to Arrakis. Introduce the setting and tell the tragic story of the doomed noble house. End just as "Book 1: Dune" does, with the entranced mentat-mode Paul telling his mother the immediate future -- that they will find a home among the Fremen, who will call him Muad'dib.

"Dune -- Muad'dib"... Paul and Jessica escape the massacre of the Atreides forces and make their home among the Fremen. Paul meets and marries Chani. Jessica becomes a Reverend Mother.

"Dune -- The Prophet"... the Desert War begins. Paul and Gurney are reunited. Paul becomes a sandrider. The Kwisatz Haderach takes over the universe through hydrolic despotism. etc. etc.

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Postby SandChigger » 04 Dec 2008 18:08

You're assuming that the movie is really going to have something to do with Frank Herbert's book, of course. ;)


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Postby A Thing of Eternity » 04 Dec 2008 18:12

Was there a book called just Dune? Hmmm, haven't heard of it.
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Postby GamePlayer » 04 Dec 2008 18:18

SandChigger wrote:GP, I forget, have you seen Hancock yet? Or are you forgoing that ... "pleasure"?

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Oooh, Peter Berg, show me sompthin MUSCULAR!


If you really want to classify Hancock as sci-fi... :)

Maybe Berg would show you something muscular, if you asked really nice and purchased him dinner first. But paying the price of admission to get fucked by a lousy film is probably cheaper and a lot more fun :wink: :P
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Postby Lisan Al-Gaib » 04 Dec 2008 18:29

moreh_yeladim wrote:This shouldn't even be one movie. It really should receive the "Lord of the Rings" treatment: a trilogy. Separate the films along the lines of the "books" within "Dune" itself. So we'd end up with three films...

"Dune -- Arrakis"... about the moving of the Atreides family from Caladan to Arrakis. Introduce the setting and tell the tragic story of the doomed noble house. End just as "Book 1: Dune" does, with the entranced mentat-mode Paul telling his mother the immediate future -- that they will find a home among the Fremen, who will call him Muad'dib.

"Dune -- Muad'dib"... Paul and Jessica escape the massacre of the Atreides forces and make their home among the Fremen. Paul meets and marries Chani. Jessica becomes a Reverend Mother.

"Dune -- The Prophet"... the Desert War begins. Paul and Gurney are reunited. Paul becomes a sandrider. The Kwisatz Haderach takes over the universe through hydrolic despotism. etc. etc.


hmmm, wasn't that the treatment of the mini-series?

My Point is: I don't think a trilogy would work. The "Dune: Muad'dib" part don't have the action and cliffhanger necessary to make it as entire movie. Notice that I'm thinking as a Hollywood Producer.

I find a duology the best way to make this movie right.
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Postby EsperandoAGodot » 05 Dec 2008 02:17

Lisan Al-Gaib wrote:hmmm, wasn't that the treatment of the mini-series?

Pretty much.
Lisan Al-Gaib wrote:My Point is: I don't think a trilogy would work. The "Dune: Muad'dib" part don't have the action and cliffhanger necessary to make it as entire movie. Notice that I'm thinking as a Hollywood Producer.

Not thinking hard enough. Pull a LotR and rearrange and expand minor plot elements, as well as things that are "off-camera" in the book, so as to make the action scene a major climax of the first film, and then stick other crap into the next movie.
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Postby Sole Man » 05 Dec 2008 15:42

7Make every other book first. Then go back and do the orginal, citing it as a reamke. That's th eway to go.

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Postby DuneFishUK » 05 Dec 2008 16:52

EsperandoAGodot wrote:
Lisan Al-Gaib wrote:hmmm, wasn't that the treatment of the mini-series?

Pretty much.
Lisan Al-Gaib wrote:My Point is: I don't think a trilogy would work. The "Dune: Muad'dib" part don't have the action and cliffhanger necessary to make it as entire movie. Notice that I'm thinking as a Hollywood Producer.

Not thinking hard enough. Pull a LotR and rearrange and expand minor plot elements, as well as things that are "off-camera" in the book, so as to make the action scene a major climax of the first film, and then stick other crap into the next movie.


Remember that an epic film can be anything up to 3hrs long - two of those (or at least the DVD special edition) would work out ~6hrs total run time, which would 90 mins longer than the US run of the miniseries. With that time you could involve a lot of the extra stuff and still give the real story adequate screen time.

Also there are two cool battles (one for each half) and the biggest potential cliffhanger in Dune actually occurs more or less right in the middle of the book: Nefud tells the Baron that Paul and Jessica are dead. It even has a potential extra scene for after the credits: When Gurney meets the smuggler - that scene could relatively easily be cut down to a few lines, and with a bit of dramatic lighting would be amazing post credits.

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