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January 11, 2010 - Dune / Pierre Morel talks about his plans for Dune movie

Scooped on Monday, January 11, 2010

"[My movie] is all about the first book. I'm trying to be very respectful to the original novel." That's what newly attached Dune director Pierre Morel had to say to MTV about his vision for what he hopes will be his next project. It's the first time Morel has talked about his involvement with Dune since word broke last week about his involvement. "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."

Morel said of the 1984 adaptation, "As a David Lynch movie, I loved it. As a Dune fan, I was not such a big fan." Morel's been a fan of Dune for 30 years after he read the first novel at the age of 15. "The fun story, actually, is that there were six books in that first series that Frank Herbert wrote," the filmmaker explains. "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! So, I’m a hardcore fan."

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