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The New Version of Dune Is Doomed

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At least we'll always have the David Lynch version…

Back in November, we heard that Paramount planned to put the new version of Dune into turnaround and sell off the rights if progress wasn't made by Spring.

Unfortunately, significant progress has NOT been made, and the studio has decided to scrap the project, after four years of trying to put it together!

Here's what Richard P. Rubinstein, the man who controls the rights to Frank Herbert's novel, had to say about it:

“Paramount’s option has expired and we couldn’t reach an agreement. I’m going to look at my options, and whether I wind up taking the script we developed in turnaround, or start over, I’m not sure yet.”

“Sure, it’s frustrating, how long this has taken, but most of what I’ve done that worked out well over the years, like the miniseries The Stand, took a long time."

"Since I know what I want, eventually, I’ll find someone who’ll agree with me. What I like is that talent has interesting things to say on how they would approach it.”

“Right now, Dune has no commitments or attachments."

It's too bad Paramount wasn't able to make this happen, but we suppose it'll re-emerge one day at another studio.

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5 comments to “The New Version of Dune Is Doomed”

  1. 1

    I'll survive. I got the DVD of the original version.
    The original version is a turkey, but still managed to become a classic.

  2. @v@ says – reply to this


    The original Dune was a big yawn and letdown, but as Joe says, still managed to become a classic over time for various reasons.

  3. 3

    I liked Dune but it was already re-made into a mini series that was much better than Lynch's. Too soon for another remake

  4. 4

    agree with the other commentators. the original is crap (but a Lynch classic nonetheless and worth a watch).

    and the book seems almost unfilmable. there's no need to make it again.

  5. 5

    I'm rather glad this "new" version of Dune tanked before it was even made. Although the original was a bit of a turkey, it's still not a story I would want someone to screw with, especially in terms of casting.