Variety has reported that Eric Roth has been selected to pen the screenplay for Denis Villeneuve’s Dune remake.
Which is a slightly… perplexing choice?
Roth’s screenplays are largely feel-good or serious dramatic fare, with The Curious Case of Benjamin Button being about as close as he has ever gotten to genre in his writing. Among his credits are Forrest Gump, The Postman, The Horse Whisperer, Munich, and The Insider, which are all fairly far away from Dune in terms of content and tone.
Plus, it’s really hard not to just start peppering Forrest Gump quotes with Dune references now:
“Mama always said life was like a box of pain. You never know what you’re gonna get.”
“He was from a long great military tradition. Somebody from his family had fought and died in every single Landsraad war. I guess you could say he had a lot to live up to.”
“Chani taught me how to climb. And I taught her how to dangle.”
Sorry. I’ll stop now.
“Anyway, like I was saying, spice is the fruit of the desert. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. There’s uh, spice-kabobs, spice creole, spice gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There’s pineapple spice, lemon spice, coconut spice, pepper spice, spice soup, spice stew, spice salad, spice and potatoes, spice burger, spice sandwich. That-that’s about it.”
Okay. I’m now done.