When I was in middle school, I visited a tiny library in a very tiny town near where I lived with the intention of finding a new book to read. I visited a lot of libraries growing up. As an avid reader, I was always looking for some new book to devour, but I didn’t have a lot of recommendations other than whatever my teachers had me reading at school.
So on this occasion, I chose a book based on a few important factors: a.) how big it was, b.) how it felt when I picked it up, and c.) how it smelled. I liked long novels in crinkly covers that smelled like old musty parchment paper. I was a weird kid like that, though I have faith the rest of you who were also nerdy children can relate!
Continue reading Rereading “Dune,” the Book That Made Me Love Science Fiction
Two years ago, I was obsessed with the idea of a new Dune movie. Frank Herbert’s novel has been my favorite science fiction novel since I first read it more than a decade ago. I’ve seen the film adaptations of the book, but they were cringe-worthy in way too many places. It’s been my secret dream (and by “secret dream” I mean I tell everyone I know) to write the script for a new Dune movie.
For a while, the buzz was that Peter Berg was set to direct a film adaptation of Dune, with a screenplay written by Josh Zetumer. I even read that Berg had met with Robert Pattinson to discuss him starring in the movie. Then Pierre Morel was directing. Then I heard about another script. Then things stopped making sense.
Apparently Paramount shut down the project last year due to budgeting issues or an expired option or something. I’m hoping someone will resurrect the project and finally do the novel justice on the big screen. Or perhaps it would be even better if HBO made it into a cinematic television drama, the way they did with the amazing Game of Thrones.
Anyway, if you’re like me and need a Dune fix, you can learn how a failed Dune movie gave way to Alien and the recent film Prometheus…