Berg Will Not Be Directing the Kwisatz Haderach

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Berg Will Not Be Directing the Kwisatz Haderach
Hollywood is still adamant about turning Frank Herbert's science fiction masterpiece Dune into a profitable franchise, but Peter Berg (The Rundown, The Kingdom) will no longer be in the director's chair. 

Berg was pegged director a few months ago and had been planning a less intellectual and political take on the series, considering the books to "be more of an adventure tale, more of a muscular action/adventure story". Perhaps he was thinking of the Brian Herbert/Kevin J. Anderson editions to the series when he made that statement, but regardless Berg is no longer attached to the project.

Now I actually rather like Berg as a director, if only for The Rundown, and despite being a pretty hardcore fan of the novels, I wasn't really that opposed to the idea of a "fun" take that was more in line with Star Wars. I've enjoyed the previous interpretations of Herbert's universe, and was open to another spin at the sordid story of House Atredis. The Mini-Series already satisfied my need for a faithful representation, so bring on the high adventure.

Apparently Neil Blomkamp and Neil Marshall have both been approached to direct as Paramount scrambles to keep the film on track. 

Now I'm asking the question I always ask when a science fiction epic of this calibre is director shopping: What is Paul Verhoeven up to?

The rest of the story can be found at Pajiba.

Oh and have Brian Tyler score it. His work on Children of Men was sublime.
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Ard VijnOctober 29, 2009 7:03 AM

Pity, I like Peter Berg's movies and his take on (and use of) special effects and action.

Has any reason been mentioned?
Has he left or was he removed?

And can we please have another default picture for anything Dune-related? ;-)

Peter K.October 29, 2009 9:06 AM

IMDB has Berg attached to a whopping 9 films including Battleship (naval actioner, presumably "inspired" by the board game"), Hancock 2, The Mission (remake of the To film?) and a Hercules film.

I suppose he had to cut something from that roster.

Kurt HalfyardOctober 29, 2009 9:34 AM

No matter how many times the try to do Dune (and for the record, the TV versions were shit) I will never be able to shake the David Lynch production out of my head. The production design on that film is astounding and very memorable. Berg would have been a pretty poor fit for the project and I'm glad he is off to his other things (I wouldn't say no to a Rundown 2!).

If the Neill Blomkamp rumours are true, that is interesting.

But basically, in a single entry, the book is not possible to condense. Even the 3h Lynch version is wonky in the plotting dept. I'd like to see this given 2 2H+ movies or more if they ever attempt it again.

And analogue steam-punk, please.

SwarezOctober 29, 2009 9:36 AM

If they want to keep the political aspect of the books in place then no one is better to tackle that than Verhoven.

ToryOctober 29, 2009 10:18 AM

Peter: Yes, they're referring to To's movie.

As for Verhoven, I don't care what it is, I just want him to do something sci-fi and do it NOW.