Movie Dune remake

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#8
If they do another Dune adaptation, I wonder if they shouldn't just start the movie with the Atreides family already on Dune and go from there. While the events on Caladan are interesting, it also felt like too much filler and time wasted setting up the story's universe. Even in the novel, it took something like nearly a hundred pages just to get to Dune (it's been a while since I read the book). Nearly all the major story events happen on Dune, so IMO it should be set almost exclusively there.

As much as I enjoy Lynch's adaptation, I think one of the things that sunk the film was being too faithful to the source material. Too many characters, too much exposition, too many strange names like Kwisatz Haderach and Bene Geserit (how can you expect an audience to remember all this information in a two hour movie?). They even had to hand out cheat sheets to the audience back in 1984.

I think they should simplify the story, cut out a lot of the characters and subplots and use simpler terms that an audience can understand (Supreme Being vs. Kwisatz Haderach, etc.). Focus on Paul's story primarily. I think a really good Dune movie could be made at two and a half to three hours. They just have to be ruthless and trim out a lot of the fat in the story.
 
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#10
What I most want is a grade A adaptation of Dune Messiah, which could easily be done in 2 hours. Dune, on the other hand... Maybe a 2 hr 45 cut in theaters, 4 hour extended cut a la LOTR on Blu? Fucked if I know.
 
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#11
I just finished reading Palmer's draft. It's actually a very good effort at adapting the novel into a two hour film. Some things are cut here and there, and bits restructured, but overall, it works.
 
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I thought Roth did a really good job adapting Winston Groom's novel Forrest Gump. But David Brin said he did a lousy job adapting The Postman. So, um, I'm not sure how to feel about him getting the job.

http://www.davidbrin.com/nonfiction/postmanmovie.html
The Postman was botched by Costner's ego -- he completely big-leagued the production demanding Helgeland do rewrites changing the protagonist into an honest, do-good, altruist hero instead of a conman who was using the guise of postman to survive and thrive in that kind of world. I think blame can solidly be put on Mr. Dances With Wolves, not the writers (thought I honestly never read the Roth draft).
 
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