Dune (TBA)

Director: TBA
Rated: Unrated
U.S. Opening Date: TBA


New movie version of the classic Frank Herbert novel Dune, by Pierre Morel, the director of Taken and From Paris with Love.

Dune spawned five sequels written by Herbert, and inspired a 1984 film adaptation by David Lynch, and in 2000 two mini-series made by the SCI FI Channel, computer games, a board game, and a series of prequels and sequels co-written by the author's son Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson.

The original 1965 novel centers on a remote desert planet called Arakis, which is the sole provider of the universally loved spice fuel Melange. A power struggle ensues over who will control the spice.

“As a David Lynch movie, I loved it,” Pierre Morel said in a recent interview of the 1980s version. “[But] as a fan [of the book], I was not such a huge fan.”

“[My movie] is all about the first book. I’m trying to be very respectful to the original novel, but it’s a challenge. There’s a lot of expectation, all the readers will be waiting for me with their shotguns. All the non-readers will also be waiting for us, because it’s such a complex novel and you have to make it accessible to those who have not read the book. So, it’s a tough challenge but I’m very excited about that.”


Paramount Pictures has dropped the Dune remake and the holder of the book rights is re-accessing his options. This follows director Pierre Morel's departure. Maybe Paramount finally caught on that the 1980s movie was actually a box office flop?






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