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14 July 2008 @ 08:35 am
 
Via the_grynne: it seems the same guy who directed The Rundown, The Kingdom, and the recently, extremely flawed Hancock is directing the next big screen adaptation of Frank Herbet's Dune.

Excuse me, I'll just be over here in the corner, crying over what could have been. Is it Dune's lot in life to never receive a worthy adaptation?

As an example of this guy's take on the book:

"The hype around it is understandable but it's a little excessive. The fanatics are worried I'm going to destroy it - I'm like calm down, I read the book when I was a kid too! If you re-read it - it's just a great adventure story.

I can't decide whether I'm crushed, or pissed, or fearful at this cavalier attitude. I think of The Rundown and cringe - please, God, keep The Rock far, far away from the epic SF love of my life. The words "...adventure story" bring to mind Indiana Jones and James Bond - fine things in and of themselves; movies that I, in fact, love. But Dune is many, many things. An adventure story, IMO, is not one of them.
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Gwynna Stargwynnastar on July 14th, 2008 03:47 pm (UTC)
I agree, Dune is much more than just an adventure story...

If you had your pick of Directors for Dune... Who would you choose?
rhienellethrhienelleth on July 14th, 2008 03:51 pm (UTC)
I don't know. It would be like trying to pick a director for Lord of the Rings before Peter Jackson came along.

Someone who loves the book as passionately as I do, has read it just as many times, and wants to make the best adaptation he/she possibly can. In other words, a total SF geek!
Kasey Mackenziekaitiana on July 14th, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC)
Er, I must admit that I loved The Rundown. But I have to say that I would never pick the guy who directed that to let loose on Dune...so I can understand your fears!!!
rhienellethrhienelleth on July 14th, 2008 03:56 pm (UTC)
See, The Rundown was fun. It was a sort of popcorn "adventure movie".

Which is only part of why I cringe to see him associate those words with Dune. *sigh*

MiniOrr: Star Wars: Han Shot Firstminiglik on July 14th, 2008 06:48 pm (UTC)
Oh man. That'd be like Michael Bay doing Pride and Prejudice. Ouch.

Miss Crankypants: Star Wars Han Solo Flyboyaka_paloma on July 14th, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC)
Is it wrong of me to admit I'd actually pay to see that just to find out how he could possibly work in one his usual large scale explosions?
rhienellethrhienelleth on July 14th, 2008 09:41 pm (UTC)
Or the obligatory car chase carriage chase.
Miss Crankypants: P&P Darcy What?aka_paloma on July 14th, 2008 09:59 pm (UTC)
OMG! Bwah!

It would have to be when Darcy goes to London to find Wickham and Lydia: Darcy finally tracks him down, Wickham would then leg it out a window, Darcy would chase him onto the street, both of them would commandeer their own carriage and viola! Car Carriage chase scene requirement fulfilled.

I totally want to see this movie now.
"Connoisseurs of Difficulty": Dodge Thiskistha on July 14th, 2008 08:08 pm (UTC)
Can I just say, DOOOMED?

Very DOOOOMED.
rhienellethrhienelleth on July 14th, 2008 09:41 pm (UTC)
Sadly, I'm afraid so. :(
"Connoisseurs of Difficulty"kistha on July 15th, 2008 01:59 am (UTC)
I read the book when I was a kid too! If you re-read it - it's just a great adventure story.

Ok so he got stupider and less educated as he grew up?

mutters to self....
I joined the Rebel Alliance ironically: alia squee flow - by puipui on jfmorwen_peredhil on July 14th, 2008 10:16 pm (UTC)
it's just a great adventure story

I'm afraid to start *headdesking* at this, because I fear I would never be able to stop.