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Is The New Version Of Dune Doomed?

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new version of dune movie may be doomed

The new film version of Frank Herbert's classic science fiction masterpiece Dune has once again hit a snag…a BIG one this time!

After almost a year in development, it looks like Taken director Pierre Morel has left the project and Paramount is just about ready to call it quits.

The studio plans to put the project into turnaround and sell off the rights if progress isn't made on the film by Spring.

Guess we'll see if they're able to find a director who feels ready to take this project on. It's no small task!

We'd certainly like to see this movie get made, but we'd like to see it done right, so maybe it's not the worst thing if they hold off until someone truly devoted to the project takes over.

Who would U like to see direct the new version of Dune?

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7 comments to “Is The New Version Of Dune Doomed?”

  1. 1

    Exactly who thinks we need a new version of Dune? David Lynch directed the first one, and if that wasn't to everyone's liking, there was an excellent TV version done some years back. Doesn't anyone in Hollywood (or on Broadway, for that matter) EVER have an original idea?

  2. 2

    Re: JBklyn – I don't know if it was ever revealed that David Lynch directed Dune or not. In the credits, it shows the director as "Alan Smithee" which is a psyeudonym used when a director doesn't want his name associated with a film project. Whoever does take up the immense responsibility of directing the remake will have his work cut out for him/her.

  3. 3

    I'll say just what I said when I heard Lame Len Wiseman was remaking Total Recall…DON'T MESS WITH A GOOD THING! The original version of Dune with Kyle McLachlan as Paul Atreides was fantastic, with Toto doing the soundtrack, Sting in plastic underwear as the evil Fade Rautha….classic, leave it alone!!!

  4. 4

    oh GOD no, not a remake, I hated the first one!!!

  5. 5

    I think Peter Jackson has done an amazing job directing and remaking all the fantasy/sci fyi movies hes produced over the years, I feel he would be a wonderful choice, hes good at his work and very devoted.

  6. 6

    they need to leave this movie alone. stop remaking classics and write NEW movies!

  7. 7

    Re: Unicorn Lover – the Alan Smithee credit was only used on the TV broadcast version of Dune because the extra footage in the TV version was used without David Lynch's approval. Had they broadcast the original theatrical release they probably would have gotten away with using Lynch's name, but he wanted nothing to do with the version they broadcast on TV.

    As for the idea of doing a remake, I think that's mostly a reaction to the miniseries version that the Sci-Fi Channel broadcast some years back. While I thought it was okay, my husband couldn't get through it without falling asleep. If it were up to me, I'd scrap any idea of a remake and do what Sci-Fi did: a straight-on sequel with story elements from Dune Messiah and Children of Dune, bringing back as much of the original cast as possible and recasting the parts of those actors who have passed away if necessary.