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…)
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…)
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?
Before there was Game of Thrones, before there was even Star Wars, there was Dune. Frank Herbert’s classic novels have been beloved since 1965 and have been very influential and are considered one of the greatest science fiction novels of all time. Many argue that there wouldn’t even be Star Wars or The Matrix without the Dune novels’ influence and themes. Basically, it was Game of Thrones before there was even a Game of Thrones, perfectly blending religion, politics, and fantasy in a compelling series. Dune is a Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novel that many consider the Lord of the Rings for science fiction.
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.
If there’s one thing nerds of a certain age universally agree on, it’s this….Toys (for kids and young adults) these days SUUUCK!
Oh, sure–today’s younglings have video games that would make 8 year old, Atari 2600 playing me drop dead of a pleasure-induced brain hemorrhage. And there will always be timeless classics like LEGO (and by the way: CURSE, children of today, for having LEGO Stores!). But as far as action figures–and their accompanying vehicles, playsets, and other miscellany go: The playthings of my 1980s childhood beat the piss out of anything the 21st century has yet to come up with–it’s not even a contest.
But this feature isn’t about how much new toys blow (that’s another feature), instead, the old and decrepit among the Nerd Bastards staff have decided to present you, the reader, with a series of tributes to the overpriced hunks of plastic of yore. Magnificent toy lines that make us forget how lonely and miserable our ACTUAL childhoods were.
I have been granted the pleasure of writing the inaugural piece–honoring a line that probably never should have existed: (more…)
Paramount has cried “Uncle” and let the option rights to Dune lapse without a movie or show created. It’s not hard to see why, the series is almost too big for the screen. A three or four picture deal would be the only real way to tackle this sand monster. Take a look at the movie – not enough book material used. Now look at the miniseries – too much book material crammed in there in too short a space. Someone out there must be able to find that magic sweet spot, Jackson did it for Lord of the Rings.
The Dune rights have reverted to Richard P. Rubenstein, the liaison to the Frank Herbert estate and ABC. Deadline quotes Mr. Rubenstein saying “Paramount’s option has expired and we couldn’t reach an agreement… I’m going to look at my options, and whether I wind up taking the script we developed in turnaround, or start over, I’m not sure yet.”
So Rubenstein is not gonna just sit on a scifi property like Dune forever. He has to make something and re-energize the property and get those Herbert fans back in the theater or glued to their television screens. Those fans who want to see the book series treated well should be more worried about the next phase, as Rubenstein suggested that he’s not willing to sign over rights only to wait another several years for a film to get made. There is the most recent script, (Chase Palmer and Pierre Morel), reported to do a good job of molding the story into something that would work as a feature movie.
As adults our greatest fear is wondering if our current or potential offspring will turn out to be nerds just like us. Can you imagine how horrible it would be if they grew up to be some athlete with conservative views? Terrible, I know. We’d love em’ all the same, but goddamn it, they just have to be nerds.
Your child’s future out-come is entirely dependent on your influence. That’s a give in, but you gotta get em’ while their young. However, there really isn’t that much nerd stuff that is directly targeted to baby and early child-hood development. While we assault their senses with everything we grew up along with today’s nerd media, we need things like what artist Julie Yu drew up. Julie illustrated an entire children’s book based on Frank Herberts “Dune”, but done in the style of Tanner’s Goodnight Moon.
Says Yu, “While the original parody art was amazing I decided to stick closer to the original Goodnight Moon art style, using some stylistic elements from the David Lynch movie version of Dune.”
We all know what a terribly dangerous place Arrakis is, but how do we articulate that to fragile young minds? A children’s book would do all the work for us. Cute, comforting artwork accompanied by short, easy to understand script does a much better job than anything we can muster.
Books like this are how to best introduce your kids to the nerd world at hand. This trend needs to continue.
Check out the first few pages of Julie’ take on Tanner’s Goodnight Moon. After the jump. You can read it in full here.
I have a nephew who is a little over 6 months old, and loves to have books read to him. I can see that he is going to be a big reader when he grows up!
So, why not take this time to introduce your young children to the wonder’s of classic science-fiction like Doctor Who or Dune?
Thankfully, it looks like the folks at CollegeHumor have done all the word designing the covers (now someone just has to write the things). Which would you like to read? My personal vote is for #3.
Check out the extremely entertaining pokes at classic science fiction below the jump.
(‘Retro movie review’ is a bi-weekly feature by guest writer Delilah Dawson. D. takes a look back at some of our generations best nerdiest movies and makes us appreciate them all over again.)
And I’m talking about the theatrical version of the original 1984 David Lynch interpretation of Frank Herbert’s classic saga, written in 1965. This is *not* the long version, *not* the super-extra-long version, and *not* the fancy new miniseries they did in 2000.
Are we good there, Dune purists? Okay. Moving on.