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Berg ditches Dune

10.28.2009
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It doesn't look like filmmaker Peter Berg (THE KINGDOM, HANCOCK) will be the guy to tell us the secret of the spice.

According to Pajiba (and corroborated by CHUD), Berg has left the adaptation of Frank Herbert's classic sci-fi story DUNE.

But Paramount reportedly isn't ready to let the project sink into the sands of Arrakis -- they're on the hunt for a suitable replacement and have supposedly approached DISTRICT 9's Neill Blomkamp and Neil Marshall (DOG SOLDIERS, THE DESCENT, DOOMSDAY). Either of which would probably be a good match to the material... if the $175 million movie even gets made.

Before his dubious decision to make a movie based on the board game BATTLESHIP, Berg claimed he wanted his vision of DUNE to be more "dynamic" and "possibly even a little bit more fun" than previous versions of the epic tale of feuding empires and worm spice. But instead: C6. Hit!

Extra Tidbit: Before becoming the hottie we know, firetop Alicia Witt played spooky Dune child Alia in David Lynch's 1984 film.
Source: PajibaCHUD

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5:52PM on 10/30/2009
"He is the Kwisatz Haderach."
"He is the Kwisatz Haderach."
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6:04PM on 10/29/2009
Cool, now bring back Alejandro Jodorowsky and let him finish the movie he started decades ago
Cool, now bring back Alejandro Jodorowsky and let him finish the movie he started decades ago
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1:58PM on 10/29/2009

Smart move Berg

I wouldn't try and f**k with a Lynch classic either. No need to even try and remake this. At least not for a couple of more years.
I wouldn't try and f**k with a Lynch classic either. No need to even try and remake this. At least not for a couple of more years.
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1:02PM on 10/29/2009

Thank god!

I do not care for Berg all that much as a director, and definitely think this movie is unecessary, and hope it does slink away.
I do not care for Berg all that much as a director, and definitely think this movie is unecessary, and hope it does slink away.
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9:32AM on 10/29/2009
i really feel that dune is one of those books that just can't be made into a film. lynch's take was interesting, but he's friggin David Lynch!
i really feel that dune is one of those books that just can't be made into a film. lynch's take was interesting, but he's friggin David Lynch!
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11:16PM on 10/28/2009

Bit of the Lynch film...

.. the bits where Lynch release the twisted nutter inside, were pretty damn good. The Baron Harkonnen stuff especially.

The film needs a bit of "Fun". If it is done too straight faced and "worthy", it could be crashingly dull.
.. the bits where Lynch release the twisted nutter inside, were pretty damn good. The Baron Harkonnen stuff especially.

The film needs a bit of "Fun". If it is done too straight faced and "worthy", it could be crashingly dull.
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10:09PM on 10/28/2009
lynch was offered empire strikes back but chose to direct dune instead!
lynch was offered empire strikes back but chose to direct dune instead!
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