Book Watching: Two Pratchett shows and another try at Dune.

Book Watching

This week, I got movies on my mind. Good Omens, The Watch, and a possible Dune adaptation (yes please).

Good Omens

Based on the humorous romp through the end of times in Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and the late Terry Pratchett. This six episode series is coming to BBC and Amazon Prime at the end of the month, and I am looking forward to checking the reviews and then maybe diving in. Full disclosure, I have a I-love-it-but-I-hate-it relationship with the book.

But there’s definitely a list of votes in this show’s favor. For one, I’m delighted to see David Tennant playing the demon Crowley and Benedict Cumberbatch coming on as Satan. Douglas Mackinnon (Sherlock) is directing, with Neil Gaiman as the writer (woohoo!).

See you all on the other side.

Release Date: First episode airs next week, May 31, 2019

The Watch

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Speaking of Terry Pratchett…BBC America is looking to do an adaptation of another one of Pratchett’s books, this one from the Diskworld series.

While it’s still early days (and many false starts since talks about the show started in 2011), I’m keeping my canary talons crossed. Because guys. Guys. It’s going to be CSI in a fantasy world. And it’s my favorite Pratchett series.

I cannot wait.

Release Date: Not nearly soon enough.

Dune

So, Frank Herbert’s Dune. A crazy medley of action, internal intrigue and revelations, and mood. And no director to date has managed to capture all three in one movie. (Though I have a huge soft spot for the TV adaptation Children of Dune.)

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Enter director Denis Villeneuve. I adored Villeneuve’s Arrival, and the atmospheric magic that he crafted in Blade Runner 2049 gives me hope that this will be the Dune that pulls it off.

This movie also brings an impressive lineup of talent. Our hero Paul Atreides will be played by the very striking Timothée Chalamet, his mother Lady Jessica by Rebecca Ferguson and swordmaster Duncan Idaho will be played by Jason Momoa (!). The very awful Baron Harkonnen will be played by Stellan Skarsgård and Zendaya is slated to take on the role of Paul’s love interest.

Filming (on what may be the first of two movies) began earlier this year, and I can’t wait to get my eyes on some visuals.

But, we still have a while until it’s out.

Release Date: November 20, 2020

What adaptations are you most looking forward to?

 

 

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