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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Screenplays – Dune - posted by Stephen Batchelor

At the time of writing, Denis Villeneuve has been selected to direct a new big screen adaption of the classic sci-fi series, Dune (a series so large, it’s put me off starting to read it). We’ve been treated to a number of adaptions of this incredibly popular series of books, the 80’s film, directed by David Lynch, I believe to be a masterpiece.

dune1A couple of different editions exist for this film, and the only thing Lynch hates more then the original film, are these ‘extended’ editions, which have simply inserted previously cut scenes or animated sequences (?!), all in a bid to make the film less confusing, sadly this has the opposite effect. to be honest, even without having the books, I was never confused by the original film.

At the turn of the century we were treated to a really well made mini series, which spawned a sequel – if you’ve never had the chance to watch them, hunt them down, you won’t be disappointed (or maybe you will, I don’t know what you like).

The scripts (yes, scripts, plural) are for the Lynch film, the drafts are a few months apart, but its neat to spot the changes, and on one of the scripts (I believe it’s the later draft), the front pages have ‘warnings’ about spilling the beans about the project. I’m not sure how far off these are from the shooting scripts, but it gives you an interesting insight into the development.dune2

Anyway, click the pics and have a read, let me know what you think, and if you liked the mini series adaption, I can’t be the only one, it’s got an all star cast, and the big guy from Ace Venture 2 plays Baron Harkonnen!

By the way, casting will begin soon for the new film, who do you think would be a perfect fit for characters like Paul Atriedes or Barron Harkonnen?

And remember, he who controls the spice, controls the universe.


Stephen Batchelor is a screenwriter. He watches movies. Reads scripts. Writes pages. Read His Blog, check out his facebook page Facebook.com/TheScriptMason and stalk him on twitter @thescriptmason.

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