I thought the TV mini series did a great job with Messiah and Children of Dune.
God Emperor is such a great book but hard to imagine adapting into a movie.
As for Brian Herberts books, I think it’s just his name on a Kevin J Anderson manuscript. The books are consistent with his writing - short chapters followed by a recap in the following short chapter - and when compared to Frank Herbert’s novels fall pretty far down the literary spectrum. That being said I really enjoyed the two Brian/Anderson prequel trilogies, they are much simpler books but still highly entertaining. I think there were some Frank Herbert penned fragments that found their way into the ‘House’ series - that would explain the slightly longer chapters in those books.
Not much into movies at this time, but this one has me excited.
Its been a while since I've read them. I remember the first time I discovered it, my family was on vacation and I had wandered into a bookstore, and a stranger, a kid not that much older than me, seeing me browsing over the Science Fiction and Fantasy stuff, just walked up to me and said something like "you've got to read this this" and he literally shoved the first book into my hand...I can't remember what I said, but I did buy it, and I spent the rest of the vacation and back home reading all 3, this was around 1980 I think, and I think we were in Fort Walton Beach.
My recollection is that God Emperor came out around that time, and so going from the original 3 to it was no lapse for me, God Emperor is still my favourite, its the one I will pull off the shelf just to reread bits and pieces, but I agree it would not blend well into a single movie or set of movies with the original 3, which really each deserve a movie of their own. The first three I can visualize as classic space opera, but God Emperor is a classical tragedy, and would be more like making a movie adaptation of a play, but that said, God Emperor is a profound work, a serious meditation on history and fate. His transformation into the worm was I think meant to close the cycle, but audiences would be unlikely to relate to a giant worm as the main character.