French action director Pierre Morel, who is taking over a new film version of Frank Herbert's sci-fi classic Dune, is talking for the first time about his take, and says he wants to remain faithful to the book, of which he is an immense fan.
Speaking to the Tribeca Film Web site, Morel (Taken; From Paris, With Love) said he's going to start drafting a new script soon:
I'm preparing for a long trek in the dunes... We're going to start writing in a couple weeks. It's very early [in the] process.
[Q:] Do you plan to infuse it with some action?
I don't know. It's all about—I'm a huge Dune fan, a reader, like for 30 years; I read it when I was a teenager. I've read it 10 times maybe, so I want to stay true to the book. Saying that, I also think that there's a lot of scenes that are not described in the books—it's just mentioned, like the bad guys attacking something—and it might make sense to include those in the movie, not just by mentioning it but showing them, and that would maybe [call for] some action scenes, yes. It's not about action. It's not the point. It's not about [making] an action movie. It's just doing Dune. It's like a huge universe thing, and there's such a fanbase, like guys who have been reading that forever—you can't mess with that.
That is reassuring to us fans. We're going to give him the benefit of the doubt for now.
What do you think of this? Do you think Morel is the right guy for the job?