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New Dune Movie in 2014

Updated on May 17, 2012

The Dune movie is finally set to have a 2014 release. After years and years of being passed from one hand to another, the project has finally taken a major development. Although it is still in the early stages of conception, the men and women who currently run the project want to assure Dune fans and followers that the film will reach the light of cinemas worldwide come 2014. This is of course a welcome surprise after years of unstable and misguided film project management closely monitored by Dune enthusiasts. Now it is all about who will round up the production team and which actors will take on the interesting Dune characters.

The Dune movie is based on Frank Herbet's 1965 novel which is presently regarded as the best-selling book under the science fiction genre to ever reach the worldwide bookshelves. It had won several literary prizes like 1966's Hugo Award, and the Best Novel from Nebula Awards. After the success of the first Dune novel, author Frank Herbert decided to turn the story into a saga hence the release of five sequels namely the Dune Messiah, God Emperor of Dune, Chapterhouse: Dune, Children of Dune, and Heretics of Dune. With the introduction of its sequels, the Dune saga has garnered a rather loyal and enthusiastic following which had turned it into an indelible pop culture phenomenon.

The first Dune movie inspired by the novel was released in 1984. The film was penned and directed by Hollywood auteur David Lynch who is also known for other quirky movies like the Elephant Man, Mulholland Drive, Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, Wild at Heart, Lost Highway, The Straight Story, and Inland Empire. Filmmaker Lynch is best known for working on projects with ultra-surrealist sensibilities hence when he was given the Dune project - in all its science fiction elements - movie critics and enthusiasts were rather hyped up with the project. Unfortunately, after all the brouhaha about the said project upon release, the Dune film was badly panned by critics and Dune novel enthusiasts.

Although it was eventually nominated in that year's Academy Awards for the Best Sound category, the 1984 Dune movie was generally slammed by critics. World renowned film critic Roger Ebert gave it one out of four stars. Other publications mirrored Ebert's sentiments such as Variety, Time, and The New York Times. The general take on David Lynch's Dune was the film's difficulty to connect to its audience. Even as a science fiction film, movie viewers expected a sort of humanistic escape rooted on something "vaguely" familiar. Unfortunately, the film fell short when it came to this element, and instead offered a rather confusing take on what was already a far-out concept.

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As a response to his badly critiqued Dune movie, David Lynch defended himself by saying that he somehow sold the project out. He was somehow bent on giving his producer Rafaella de Laurentiis the kind of film project that she wanted, and in turn lost his entire grasp in terms of creativity and conception. He also argued that he did not have the power to command the film's final cut. Some critics thought of this rebuttal as a rather uncalled for effort from Lynch to redeem himself from the utter film failure which he shared with some of 80's "supposedly" up-and-coming big actors in tinsel town such as Kyle Maclachlan, Everett McGill, Max Von Sydow, Sian Phillips, Sean Young, and Francesca Annis.

Aside from David Lynch's Dune movie, a television adaptation had been made as well. The television spinoff was produced by the Syfy channel and had premiered back in December 3, 2000. The said adaptation was a miniseries cut in three parts and was titled Frank Herbert's Dune. Due to its success, it had inspired a sequel which had premiered in March 16 2003. The sequel was given the moniker Frank Herbert's Children of Dune. The show merged the two books from the Dune series namely the Children of Dune and the Dune Messiah. Compared to Lynch's film adaptation, the made-for-TV spinoffs have enjoyed a warmer critical reception.

The Dune 2014 film is yet another offshoot of the Dune franchise. The film will no longer be under Paramount Pictures which initially gave the project the green light. Also, other names have been removed from the project such as Peter Berg who was supposed to direct, and Josh Zetumer who had already wrote the script for the remake. Now, the names affiliated with the project include Chase Palmer as the screenplay writer, and Pierre Morel who will take on the directorial job. Pierre Morel is the one responsible for the film taken which was a commercial success. With this new team, the men and women behind this project are quite confident that big steps in terms of film completion are about to follow.

In terms of who will play the characters for this new Dune movie, producers of the film are still keeping mum. There have been various speculations but not one of those names has been confirmed. The only sure thing is that Sting, who played a role in the David Lynch Dune adaptation, will not be in the film. The producers currently working on this new Dune film are intent to employ fresh faces in the Hollywood market, alongside veterans. This is their way to assure that the film will be able to connect to a wider set of audience and demographics. Also, the film is said to have a different feel and character compared to its predecessor.

The Dune film for 2014 will still try to encapsulate the essence of the Dune novel. The Dune novel follows a futuristic setting wherein an interstellar empire that closely resembles the feudal system rules. The protagonist is a man named Paul Atreides who happens to be the heir to the House of Atreides run by Duke Leto Atreides. The Atreides family is in control of the planet Arrakis which is the only source of the substance named mélange, considered as the most valuable item in the entire Dune galaxy. The Dune movie for 2014 will play along this premise.


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    • rjbatty profile image


      5 years ago from Irvine

      If you are referring to Jodorowsky's Dune, it is a documentary about his failed attempt to bring this story to the cinema. That's all.

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      Craig Hubley 

      5 years ago

      Both versions have their weaknesses. By far the best adaptation so far is the "Children of Dune" done in 2003, but, of course, this did not have the burden of introducing the Dune universe to people unfamiliar with it... a task that was extremely clumsily handled by the 2006 "Alan Smithee" * extended narrated version of Lynch's 1984 film with a cheap introduction suitable perhaps for TV versions (probably what it was for).

      Anyway I agree with those who'd rather see the later books adapted than see yet another remake of the original book. If the team that did Children of Dune attempt it however, there's some chance that they might then go and do the last few books, rather than re-make Messiah and Children, meaning there's a better chance with that team than with any other of seeing those later books adopted. And those books are very good, Heretics and Chapterhouse are better than Messiah and Children in my opinion. God Emperor is best glossed over in an intro however... just not filmable.

      * There is no such person as Alan Smithee. Films are credited to Alan Smithee only if they are a producer's hack job. When that name appears, the original director has washed his or her hands of the project, and no other director qualifies as a co-director or otherwise under Guild rules. It's basically a sign of total breakdown of any artistic integrity.

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      5 years ago

      The Lynch film was largely a confusing mess but it got a heck of a lot right in my opinion. The set and costume design for everything outside of the Harkonnen was pitched perfectly. Pacing was a major issue and crazy inventions even more so - confusing an already complex plot. I thought that the casting was generally pretty great. Despite its huge gaping flaws, I enjoyed what the Lynch film had to offer.

      In contrast, I found the mini-series to be painful to watch. Despite having a much longer running time to get into the plot, it managed to overlook virtually every aspect of the book. It felt like a simple series of events with no information actually being passed on. I also found the casting to be bizarre and again - those alterations it did make felt out of place. Aesthetically I felt it was far weaker than the Lynch films (except for the Harkonnen which, although still not great was a step up over black hazmat suits and pussy boils).

      My hope for this film, if it gets anywhere, is that we finally get a cohesive story with a fresh interpretation of the original work whilst maintaining the spirit and themes presented.

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      5 years ago

      So instead of finally coming up with God Emperor, Heretics and Chapterhouse, they're going to do the first one again? Don"'t get me wrong I look forward to seeing another version of Dune. Because this, with Book of the New Sun and the possible Foundation adaptation would be great.

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      5 years ago

      Wouldn't that be get your strip straight?

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      6 years ago

      It was designed by Moebius. Get your s**t straight, kid...

    • rjbatty profile image


      7 years ago from Irvine

      Bulalele: "Dune 1984" was well ahead (of) any other scifi because it elaborated a very hot topic." I ask... what topic?

      "Design by Geiger"... oooh, ahhh. Geiger also did the design for "Species" and what a flop that turned out to be.

      The mini-series was not a Hollywood production. It was a British and Canadian collaboration.

      The David Lynch film had great costuming and sets ... and that was about it. I can't see why you are defending it so strenuously and in such a vulgar fashion. Even at its full length (director's cut), the movie made absolutely no sense. Practically everyone on the planet has agreed that it was an expensive and colossal failure.

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      7 years ago

      i don't think ANY film maker can bring dune properly to the screen. the 1984 version wasn't too bad but so much of the novel was missing. where was duncan idaho in that version?? and the end was pretty dumb

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      7 years ago

      this is crap...

      DUNE 1984 was well ahead any other scifi because it elaborated a very hot topic. Resources.

      Design by Geiger...what else to ask for.

      The remake after that was a typical Hollywood corny shit.

      If they don't follow the dark lines of the novel, same shit will be the 2014 effort.

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      7 years ago

      I wonder who will be cast in this?

      Will it be flooded with Aussies?

      Can there be a guarantee that John Fantasia will NOT be in this?

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      7 years ago

      IMHO, any good film can be watched over and over again with enjoyment. I recently watched the original Dune again and really enjoyed it. Just trying to explain the story of Dune to most people ends with - "You need to read the book..." I can't bring myself to criticize David Lynch because he worked out a way to accommodate the information overload pretty well. I did not love the miniseries which had a lot more running time to explain and deliver the detail and never credited the David Lynch version for the visual inspiration. I am looking forward to this remake though and wish the brave team behind it all the best, as no special effects or CGI can save the film version of a complex story that will be the subject of much scrutiny - "Many have tried"... "Tried and failed" ... "No, tried and died"...

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      Lloyd Cormier 

      7 years ago

      I loved that movie. I saw it 3 or 4 times at the theatre when it came out.

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      7 years ago from Irvine

      This is the first I've learned of a new "Dune" project. I haven't heard a peep about it anywhere else. I mostly enjoyed the two mini-series that were produced for/by the SiFy channel. The expanded format gave the filmmakers an opportunity to show a lot of detail missing from David Lynch's film (which left people shaking their heads in confusion). I liked the "look" of the Lynch film, but the Dune saga is so intricate that even a long movie about it can't capture its essence. For a filmmaker it would be difficult to know what to leave in and leave out. Be sure to write an additional hub when you learn anything new about this latest production.

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      Gray Baker 

      7 years ago from Tampa

      Great article. Great to know about a Dune movie. Though I don't expect any movie could ever do the books justice.

    • janeiris profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      No information is not outdated! As we know from IMDb Dune (2014) status is in-development now and not cancelled.

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      7 years ago

      Unfortunately, this information is outdated. This Dune movie was cancelled back in 2011 and is no longer in production.

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      Adam M. Hanson 

      7 years ago from Mankato, MN

      I was really disappointed with how the 1984 version turned out, and I am glad that I had heard wrong about the current project being cancelled. I'm really looking forward to how they'll be portraying everything! great hub!


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