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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