Decades before Watchmen was even conceived, much less finally shot for the big screen after 20 years of development hell, Frank Herbert's epic 1965 novel Dune was the embodiment of the term "unfilmable." So much so that even after two (two and a half, if you count Alan Smithee's cut, which we do) productions, no filmed version of this iconic science-fiction text has managed to fully capture the scope, depth, imagination and intrigue of this iconic science-fiction text in a way that truly satisfied fans.
But now Peter Berg, the director-producer responsible for Hancock, The Kingdom and Friday Night Lights (both the movie and TV series), has signed on to create another feature-length adaptation. Is the right filmmaker for the job? Do we really need another Dune movie? We say yes and yes. Here's why:
As everyone knows, board games are the new hot properties in Hollywood. They have name recognition, there's usually a copy in half the households in America, and there's usually a hint of a plot to kick things off with. So while Warner Bros. is still trying to figure out what to do with their A-list superheroes, toymaker Hasbro has used the success of the toy-based G.I. Joe and Transformers films to turn their greatest-hits home games into movies with Universal Pictures. Here's a list of the games that will get movies, and the games we want to see on the big screen.
God loves me! How do I know? Because he took a whole bunch of my favorite things -- the Seventies, Miami, Marky Mark, cocaine (culture), Peter Berg and the writings of Generation Kill uber-scribe Evan Wright -- and smooshed them all together into one big fat bow-wrapped present! I am so excited!