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Frank Herbert’s Dune has been one of the most influential science fiction novels of the past century. It has inspired, created, and been homaged in more forms than one can count. Dune is a story that finds its way into most all sects of nerd-dom This can include spawning the most iconic worms in the world, to feeding meme culture, to inspiring films and video games. Even today, games like Enter the Gungeon make spice a usable in-game item, and shows like Futurama utilize sand worms to travel across desert planets. Truly, spice has become life. In its own, special way, of course.  (more…)

After ‘Blade Runner’, Villeneuve is Off to ‘Dune’

Dune has always been a tough nut to crack. The 1965 best-selling science fiction novel by Frank Herbert was the subject of several attempts to be adapted into a movie through the 70s, including the now famous one attempted by Alejandro Jodorowsky that’s been memorialized in the documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune. So it was up to David Lynch, who, after making two cult classics in the form of Earaserhead and The Elephant Man, made a less than well-received version of the book in 1984. So in order to save the cinematic good name of Dune, it’s now up to another up-and-coming director. (more…)

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A little while back, we here at Nerdbastards told you that the powers that be over at Legendary had closed a deal with the Frank Herbert estate to clear the rights for either a Dune TV series or a feature film. It looks like the reboot/remake train is moving along as now a feature length films is about to get started for Frank Herbert’s beloved science fiction novels. With a new film (possibly film series) underway, who’s going to be the director?

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In an endless world of remakes and reimaginings, everything is pretty much getting the remake treatment nowadays. Let’s face it, last year the most popular films were Jurassic World and The Force Awakens, continuations of the Star Wars and Jurassic Park franchises, almost remade for new audiences. Even popular dramas are essential remakes. One of the most critically acclaimed films last year was Creed, a remake/reimagining of the Rocky franchise. Even on TV, Stranger Things tapped into our Spielbergian nostalgia of the past. Why, because these franchises have a built in audience and the studios know even if they don’t make a completely perfect film, they will have that audience that is guaranteed to head to theaters and see the film, and it looks like another classic is about to get a much-needed remake.

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Sir Ridley Scott has a new film called The Martian coming out this weekend, so naturally everyone wants to talk about other films he has in development, specifically sequels/prequels/continuation of seminal sci-fi classics he made decades ago. Scott’s already talked about Prometheus 2 Alien: Paradise Lost, which is rumored to be his very next film, but what about that Blade Runner sequel? Scott will not be directing that one – the duty will fall to Denis Villenueve – but Scott has been working diligently to develop the project and will stay on as a producer. But why? Why crank out a sequel to a film that most people think is fine and self-contained as it is? (more…)

Gosling Joining Ford for ‘Blade Runner’ Sequel

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It’s Friday, so it’s time for the week’s weirdest news item, and what could be weirder than a casting announcement for the bizarro sequel to a 33-year-old film that bombed at the box office when it originally came out? Well, that’s brutal because Blade Runner‘s become very well thought of the last three decades, which makes it very attractive to be sequelized in the here and now. Speaking of attractive, Ryan Gosling has now been added to the cast of the sequel. Gosling will join the returning Harrison Ford for the new Blade Runner, which will continue the story of Deckard, the Replicants, and a fascinating futuristic world now only four years away that looks nothing like our own. (more…)

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Well, this is happening. It seems. After years (and years) of idle speculation and rumor mongering, Blade Runner 2 is finally moving forward with it’s old star and a new director. Sadly, Sir Ridley Scott will not be sitting in the director’s chair for the long awaited follow-up to his 1982 film Blade Runner, but that film’s star, Harrison Ford, will be, completing a trifecta of encores to his classic roles including Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. As for who will be directing Ford in this new effort? In a surprise move, the producers have chosen the Academy Award-winning director Denis Villeneuve to tell Deckard’s next chapter. (more…)

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