While fans of Frank Herbert's epic series Dune have been waiting for the "perfect" adaptation for some time, there is no denying the appeal of the versions we've gotten thus far.
David Lynch's '80s take, while imperfect and fraught with issues ranging from budget woes to "the weirding way" — seriously, Lynch didn't want the Bene Gesserit fighting style to look like Kung Fu, hence the vocal thing — it remains a classic.
The BBC/SYFY miniseries adaptation had its problems, taking even more liberties (arguably) with the characters and narrative than Lynch did. However, it told more of the story and even ventured into the sequel book, The Children of Dune.
Legendary Pictures has been working on a new adaptation for some time, with Oscar-nominated director Denis Villeneuve at the helm and Brian Herbert (Frank's son, and author himself) on board as a consultant. We know there have been a few scripts turned in (and revised), and according to a tweet from Brian today, Legendary is looking at possible filming locations right now.
"Intense activity on the movie . . . While the next draft of the screenplay is being written, Legendary also has a scout at work, ltraveling to several countries to look at possible filming locations . . . for desert and other scenes," Brian tweeted.
Brian has been the best source for information on the project; he often comments when a new draft of the script has been turned in or is being edited. Or, as he said back on the 10th, pre-production updates.
Needless to say, on a personal level, I am incredibly hungry for Villeneuve's version of Dune, and so is Harkonnen Knife Fight the band.