The idea of a “Dune” remake bothers me, mostly because I’m a huge, salivating fan of David Lynch’s ambitious 1984 adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic novel. It’s certainly a flawed film, and I completely understand that it does not adequately capture the overall feel of the book. Be that as it may, Lynch’s version really strikes a chord with me. However, if someone were to once again tackle this sprawling tale for the big screen, my first choice would not be Peter Berg. Not that I have anything against the guy, mind you, but his slick Hollywood action films do not indicate to me that he’s capable of something as epic in scale as “Dune.” I could be wrong, and I’d love to see him prove it.
Unfortunately, that opportunity may never come to pass. According to trade resource Pajiba, Berg and his production company, Film 44, are no longer attached the project. No word as to why, exactly, he’s decided to abandon the project, but here’s hoping Robert Pattison’s involvement dies with Berg’s departure. In the meantime, Paramount is searching for someone to take up the reins, and have approached both Neill Blomkamp (“District 9”) and Neil Marshall (“The Descent”) in hopes of landing someone with the chops to handle this enormous, $175 million project. Personally, I’d love to see Blomkamp at the helm, as I think he’s easily the most talented of the two. Here’s hoping more details will emerge in the next few weeks.
In the meantime, I think I’ll rewatch Lynch’s version of “Dune.” Damn the naysayers and the literary purists — it’s good stuff.