Friday, February 8, 2019

Directed by Alan Smithee

A look behind the David Lynch effort to bring Frank Herbert's Dune to the screen. If you take this movie, add in everything that was cut or never filmed from the production, mix in the SyFy miniseries and follow-up, you might be halfway to the potential of the original book.

Perhaps some things just can't be filmed? Or, will not satisfy our vision of the work?

(There's a new version in the making. I'm avoiding reading on it, just expecting that I will be disappointed. That way I can also be pleasantly surprised if it is good!)

Some nice (if somewhat fuzzy) images here, including one showing a previous (unfilmed) effort to bring the book to the screen. It would be nice if there was some textual context to what is going on. Maybe someday we'll get a definitive behind-the-scenes look at the film, along the line of Future Noir, the look at BladeRunner. In the meantime, have a look at this behind-the-scenes look at an unfilmed effort. If you are lucky enough to spot this issue of Cinefantastique, that's the best in print look at the film process we have (so far).

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