‘Dune’ Should Have Been Made Into a TV Show.


‘Dune’ Should Have Been Made Into a TV Show.

Shadow and Bone, The Wheel of Time, The Lord of the Rings, Foundation, The Witcher, and other sci-fi and fantasy literature have a lot to look forward to in 2021. There’s one big difference between all of those movies and Dune, which is out this weekend in cinemas and on HBO Max. While I like Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of the novel, I believe it is worth considering whether it would have performed better on television if it had followed the rest of its genre peers.

To begin, the title screen informs viewers that they are about to watch Dune: Part One. It’s possible to think of it as Dune: Episode One. The science-fiction epic that follows has garnered generally positive reviews, but the objections it has received from viewers and critics can be summed up in two words: its story structure feels odd, and there are crucial elements from the novel that were left out of the film. Dune as a TV show would have been a simple answer in both circumstances; the framework could have been divided into 8 or 10 one-hour episodes, giving the authors more time to explain every component of the tale that needed to be told.

The feeling that Villeneuve wanted to include every single phrase of the text in his film is frustrating. Villeneuve, a self-proclaimed Dune aficionado, insisted on splitting the plot into two films, claiming that it was “too complicated” to tell in one, with “strength in details” that couldn’t be contained in two or three hours.

It seems absurd that the concept of a series never came up throughout the years-long negotiations that went into making this version. Most similar IPs are moving in that direction these days, and some close relatives, such as Star Wars, are even transferring from movies to prestige TV in stages. We’re nearly a century removed from the “serials” that inspired George Lucas in theaters, and we’re perhaps three decades into the “golden era of television,” with widespread suspicion that one or both sectors are in a bubble that can’t endure. It’s difficult to grasp why Dune: Part One benefits from a theatrical release in terms of prestige or creative purity.

My Friday night viewing experience was clearly colored by the question of how “fully” this movie would capture the story of the book while yet preserving some sort of narrative structure. I sat and observed… Summary of Entertainment News from Brinkwire.


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