Pierre Morel Talks about the Challenges of Adapting Dune
Posted 01.12.10 by reelz
When he took over as director for the latest adaptation of Frank Herbert's sci-fi epic Dune last week, Pierre Morel promised "a very faithful adaptation." Now, in an interview with MTV, he explains in a bit more detail exactly what he meant by that remark. For one thing, Morel says he is a huge fan of the book:
I've been a fan of the book since I was a teenager. I read that when I was 15, maybe ... I've been reading it over and over again — well, I'm 45 now, so for 30 years. The fun story, actually, is that there were six books in that first series that Frank Herbert wrote. Every time I was going to buy a new one — because I couldn't buy all six at one time — I was reading the previous ones so I would not forget anything. So, by the time I bought the sixth book I had already read the first one six times!
His take on the ill-fated 1984 adaptation by David Lynch, however, is nicely diplomatic:
As a David Lynch movie, I loved it As a Dune fan, I was not such a big fan.
So it seems clear that he plans to take a completely different approach, but is well aware of the difficulties of even the most faithful adaptation:
[My movie] is all about the first book. I'm trying to be very respectful to the original novel. But it's a challenge; there's a lot of expectation, all the readers will be waiting for me with their shotguns. All the non-readers will also be waiting for us, because it's such a complex, rich novel and you have to make it accessible to those who have not read the book. So, it's a tough challenge but I'm very excited about that.
All in all, it seems to be a pretty good sign that the director is so thoroughly immersed in the source material. Another thing that Morel brings to the table is plenty of experience directing action movies, most notably Taken and his upcoming From Paris with Love ... and the book is chock full of opportunities for spectacular action sequences.