Nolanator wrote:Look at Danaerys' changes over the last season of GoT. Even allowing for the shit writing, significant character development needs time for it to work.
There's a huge sequence of character events just for Paul that need to be covered. Paul going from the naive prince (or whatever the son of a duke is), having his life upheaved and moved to Arrakis, settling there, being attacked and fleeing into the desert with Jessica, settling in and proving himself amongst the Fremen, falling in love with Chani, taking the water of life and becoming Maud'dib, attacking Arrakeen, breaking the power structure of the Imperium and becoming the emporer. There's too much for a movie, IMO.
If they just focus on the pew-pew space marine type stuff and scale back on all the prohet shit it could work as a standalone. Cuts out a massive part of the whole story, but saves time and doesn't take away from the crux of the story which is boy looses everything, develops in exile, boy wins the universe.
Book doesn't waste time either, mind.
Paul's essentially an early chapter teary eyed Stark though trained to kill. He overtakes his mother's perception by the dinner party, wrongfoots the Guild banker who then nearly gets himself knifed and is already taking charge by the Harkonnen attack.
Def need at least two films, it's not The Old Man and the Sea.