Dune is a series that has literally shaped me. Reading the first book is where my interest in writing first began, and it’s one of the few books that I can read time and time again on a whim. I have a soft spot in my heart for the original David Lynch film, and while it’s grossly inaccurate, it’s still incredibly fun and captured the essence of the story Frank Herbert created.
Back when Syfy was the Sci-Fi channel, I thoroughly enjoyed the mini-series and the Children of Dune sequel, but found myself wishing it had a much bigger budget. I feel the mini-series did a very good job with what they had available and managed to give Dune fans a good movie to rally around. So when rumor of a new Dune movie (with a Hollywood movie budget) came around, I became incredibly excited.
Then the writers strike happened. It nearly killed the film, but soon after Peter Berg announced his intentions to helm the new Dune project and take it in a different direction. My excitement rose again. Then Berg left to do Battleship instead (still not sure that was a good idea), and now Pierre Morel has taken over the project. While it sucks that these delays keep happening, fans – and myself – can at least comfort ourselves in the knowledge the film is still being made.
Since Morel will be starting the new film from scratch and re-writing the script, it’s not likely we’ll see much of what Berg had planned for the sci-fi film. However, the concept artist Jock (who worked on Berg’s Dune) has released several concept drawings he designed for the film via his website.
I think they’re great and honestly, I hope some of these designs make it into Morel’s Dune. Frankly, many of these are just bad-ass. I especially love how the worms are portrayed and the direction Paul was heading. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what Pierre Morel is going to throw at us.