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Berg talks Dune

09.15.2009

Peter Berg isn't high on my list these days, mostly after hearing him talk about HANCOCK 2's "cool" mythology and then justify his moronic BATTLESHIP movie because he "likes naval warfare." But lest we forget, he has another project up his sleeve that most of us will care more about, his big screen adaptation of DUNE.

MTV recently talked with Berg about the yes-it's-still-happening film, and surprisingly, he had a decent amount to say about it.

Josh Zetumer's script, Berg revealed, is almost 200 pages long—"a massive epic," Berg said—and it could potentially spawn more than just the one film. With the project still in the script phase, the task now for Berg and his team is to "figure out how we can beat [the script] into something manageable without offending the purists," he explained, as "filmmakers have struggled [in the past] because it's a very complicated book to crack."

"My experience with the book was different than David Lynch's experience or the people behind the Sci Fi Channel's experience. I found it to be more of an adventure tale, more of a muscular action/adventure story. I think that's my approach, not as an R-rated film, but as a pretty hard PG-13 film about a young man dealing with issues of vengeance over the death of his father and wanting some payback and having to come to terms with his destiny along the way."

I agree that former iterations of DUNE have been lacking, and I’m even willing to sacrifice an R rating just so long as the film is GOOD, which is a lot to ask for, I know. Is Berg the man for the job? Instincts say no, but I’ll be damned if I’m not going to watch him try.

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Extra Tidbit: Must find something positive Berg-related to say. Uhhh, I liked THE RUNDOWN?
Source: MTV

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4:27PM on 09/17/2009

Berg Defense

Just so he doesn't go undefended, Berg directed one of the best sports dramas ever made, Friday Night Lights. (Admittedly perfect fare for his MTV/Sports Illustrated over-shot-over-edited style.)

But yeah, Battleship sounds f-ing lame.
Just so he doesn't go undefended, Berg directed one of the best sports dramas ever made, Friday Night Lights. (Admittedly perfect fare for his MTV/Sports Illustrated over-shot-over-edited style.)

But yeah, Battleship sounds f-ing lame.
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8:00AM on 09/16/2009

Books sucked...a 200 page script will suck too...

Dune (the book) sucked balls. To be fair, I forced myself to read the first four books in the series and it was about as much fun as chewing glass.

The Lynch version of the movie removed a lot of the boring parts, added it's own things and was actually a fun flick to watch.

I think any further adaptation of "Dune" would be a waste of time considering how much Lynch had to mangle the books to make a workable movie. If this guy sticks to the original source, I can't imagine enjoying it.
Dune (the book) sucked balls. To be fair, I forced myself to read the first four books in the series and it was about as much fun as chewing glass.

The Lynch version of the movie removed a lot of the boring parts, added it's own things and was actually a fun flick to watch.

I think any further adaptation of "Dune" would be a waste of time considering how much Lynch had to mangle the books to make a workable movie. If this guy sticks to the original source, I can't imagine enjoying it.
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8:57PM on 09/15/2009
I am the Kwisatz Haderach

p.s. I liked The Rundown also :)
I am the Kwisatz Haderach

p.s. I liked The Rundown also :)
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8:24PM on 09/15/2009

Uh

Never liked Dune that much I think David lynch's movie sucked. A reboot/remake is a good idea but I don't know about Berg directing I thought The Kingdom was bad ass but Hancock sucked.
Never liked Dune that much I think David lynch's movie sucked. A reboot/remake is a good idea but I don't know about Berg directing I thought The Kingdom was bad ass but Hancock sucked.
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8:19PM on 09/15/2009
Let Alejandro Jodorowsky direct the new Dune movie!
Let Alejandro Jodorowsky direct the new Dune movie!
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6:01PM on 09/15/2009

Muscular action/adventure??

There is SO much more to Dune than this. I don't know if Berg is right for the job. Sounds like he wants to make a dumb action movie. Dune deserves better.
There is SO much more to Dune than this. I don't know if Berg is right for the job. Sounds like he wants to make a dumb action movie. Dune deserves better.
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4:54AM on 09/16/2009
Yes, it's more than an action story, but it's also more than the drawn-out political intruige plot that previous adaptations have focused on.
Yes, it's more than an action story, but it's also more than the drawn-out political intruige plot that previous adaptations have focused on.
5:37PM on 09/15/2009
He has yet to direct a movie that I don't like. Hancock wasn't that great, but it entertained me and the Rundown is one of my favorite action comedy's of the last decade.
He has yet to direct a movie that I don't like. Hancock wasn't that great, but it entertained me and the Rundown is one of my favorite action comedy's of the last decade.
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4:55PM on 09/15/2009

There are definitely better directors to attempt this, but Berg isn't the worst possible choice

The Rundown and Friday Night Lights were both much better than they had to be, and while I didn't care for Hancock at all, I was pretty surprised by how good The Kingdom was.

I think I pretty much agree with Paul on this one. I know there are better people to handle this, but I will be very anxious to see Berg's take on it none the less.
The Rundown and Friday Night Lights were both much better than they had to be, and while I didn't care for Hancock at all, I was pretty surprised by how good The Kingdom was.

I think I pretty much agree with Paul on this one. I know there are better people to handle this, but I will be very anxious to see Berg's take on it none the less.
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3:57PM on 09/15/2009

You liked The Rundown...

....ever heard of a little movie called Very Bad Things?

*sigh*
....ever heard of a little movie called Very Bad Things?

*sigh*
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3:45PM on 09/15/2009
Im looking forward to this more than anything. Sounds like he wants to avoid the more cerebral aspects of the book in order to make a more [link] movie which is fine by me, I just want to see another take on this amazing universe!
Im looking forward to this more than anything. Sounds like he wants to avoid the more cerebral aspects of the book in order to make a more [link] movie which is fine by me, I just want to see another take on this amazing universe!
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3:30PM on 09/15/2009

uhhh

'very bad things' is a guilty pleasure of mine. never cared for any adaptation yet. maybe berg's vision will finally incorporate the core of the book.
'very bad things' is a guilty pleasure of mine. never cared for any adaptation yet. maybe berg's vision will finally incorporate the core of the book.
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3:05PM on 09/15/2009
Ugh. Berg has gone down hill since the kingdom.
Ugh. Berg has gone down hill since the kingdom.
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3:02PM on 09/15/2009

I don't mind a new adaptation...

but there better be more meat on the film's bones than just a striaght-up revenge tale. There's tons of material to work with and I'm glad to hear that caution is being taken in the approach, but to widdle the story down to nothing but the revenge aspect could be a big mistake.
but there better be more meat on the film's bones than just a striaght-up revenge tale. There's tons of material to work with and I'm glad to hear that caution is being taken in the approach, but to widdle the story down to nothing but the revenge aspect could be a big mistake.
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