Dune 2010 – Director?
I admit, I had my misgivings when Paramount announced that Peter Berg would be directing the reboot of Dune. These were greatly increased when I heard he had met with Robert Pattinson. I was praying that Edward the vampire was not in consideration for the part of Paul/Muad’Dib…
Now that Berg has exited Dune, who should direct?
Blomkamp directed this spring’s District 9 and is rumored to be up for consideration to direct Dune.
Pros: If he brings the same grittiness and focus on character development to Dune that he did to District 9, I will be forever grateful. He can probably handle Dune‘s symbolism and ecology parables without losing the action.
Cons: His background is in visual effects and his career as a director is just getting off the ground. We don’t need another beautiful vision that lacks soul and heart – Lynch’s Dune suffered from these same crippling issues. A beautiful background can’t compensate for a lack of bite.
Ridley Scott had his chance to direct Dune back before Lynch was handed the rights in the early 80s. He’s said he’s not interested, but…
Pros: We know Scott can do action without resorting to the Michael Bay theory of “Blow it up and watch it burn and they’ll be happy” filmmaking.
Cons: He’s already got two seminal sci-fi masterpieces under his belt: Alien and Blade Runner. Maybe he should stop while he’s ahead.
Guillermo del Toro
Pros: Have you seen Hellboy or Pan’s Labyrinth? If not, for shame.
Cons: He has about twenty projects in development, including writing and directing the much-anticipated The Hobbit, a Frankenstein re-boot and an adaptation of Dickens’s Edwin Drood. The man has enough to do.
Any suggestions about who should helm Dune 2010? Feel free to leave me a comment up above.
Tune in to future entries to see my picks for casting…