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Denis Villeneuve's Dune remake gets new writer in the form of Eric Roth

04.05.2017
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I'm super excited for the new DUNE remake. I thought Denis Villeneuve's ARRIVAL was the best movie of last year, and BLADE RUNNER: 2049 - a movie that'd normally make me roll my eyes while doing a mocking jerk-off gesture - actually looks pretty amazing. So I'm down for anything Villeneuve is up to, regardless of how excited I am to also see DUNE done with modern effects and a huge budget.

The film has now nabbed a screenwriter, and its veteran scribe Eric Roth. If you don't recognize his name, you might recognize the movies he's wrote. Roth's the guy behind FORREST GUMP, CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, and...THE POSTMAN? To be fair, his track record is a bit spotty (for every INSIDE MAN there's an EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE), but I think he can do it. His best films deal with expansive timeframes, epic moments, and achingly human characters. So there's hope. And while he hasn't done sci-fi yet, I feel that could be a good thing, because he'll have a fresh perspective (similar to Villeneuve's ARRIVAL). But we'll see.

But what do you Schmoes think? You as optimistic as I am about this remake? Or do you think it should be fed to the worms? Sound off below!

No official release date yet, but we'll keep you updated.

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Extra Tidbit: I actually like David Lynch's DUNE - boils and all.
Source: Variety

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7:56PM on 04/05/2017
Denis Villeneuve and Eric Roth are likely to attract A-list actors to this Dune project. Just look at the director and screenwriter's previous works. Therefore, this Dune has major potential for greatness--if the stars do not insist upon an overly-altered adaptation (and, no one else does either). I could see Brad Pitt as Baron Harkonnen and Tom Hanks as Duke Leto. Roth has been associated with each before.
Denis Villeneuve and Eric Roth are likely to attract A-list actors to this Dune project. Just look at the director and screenwriter's previous works. Therefore, this Dune has major potential for greatness--if the stars do not insist upon an overly-altered adaptation (and, no one else does either). I could see Brad Pitt as Baron Harkonnen and Tom Hanks as Duke Leto. Roth has been associated with each before.
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4:37PM on 04/05/2017
The Postman is actually pretty underrated in my book, I enjoyed it a lot. It's one of the most expensive post apocalyptic movies every made, of course I dug it! Also, Gump is awesome, so I guess Eric Roth is not a bad choice to write a decent Dune adaptation. Villeneuve's proving himself to be a reliable director, of course I'm pumped for this! I'll be even more hyped if Blade Runner 2049 ends up actually being good! Here's hoping.
The Postman is actually pretty underrated in my book, I enjoyed it a lot. It's one of the most expensive post apocalyptic movies every made, of course I dug it! Also, Gump is awesome, so I guess Eric Roth is not a bad choice to write a decent Dune adaptation. Villeneuve's proving himself to be a reliable director, of course I'm pumped for this! I'll be even more hyped if Blade Runner 2049 ends up actually being good! Here's hoping.
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6:47PM on 04/05/2017
I agree. I haven't seen it in years, but I always thought The Postman was underrated as well. I really wish Costner would direct another film, since I've enjoyed all those he's done.
I agree. I haven't seen it in years, but I always thought The Postman was underrated as well. I really wish Costner would direct another film, since I've enjoyed all those he's done.
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