New Dune Movie in 2014
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.
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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