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Dune taken by Morel

01.04.2010

Now that filmmaker Peter Berg has ditched DUNE to play with the big-screen board game BATTLESHIP, who controls the spice?

There were rumors that Paramount was seeking a suitable replacement, and names like DISTRICT 9's Neill Blomkamp and THE DESCENT's Neil Marshall were supposedly on their list.

But according to EW, French filmmaker Pierre Morel will be stalking the sands of Arrakis for the epic sci-fi tale of feuding interplanetary empires and wormy delights. Morel will reportedly make a "very faithful adaptation" of Frank Herbert's massive book.

A Luc Besson protege, Morel followed his fun futuristic parkour/martial arts flick BANLIEUE 13 (DISTRICT 13) with the smashing success of Liam Neeson's vengeance in TAKEN. He had been considering several projects before deciding to follow in the footsteps of David Lynch and a bunch of Sci-Fi Channel miniseries.

Extra Tidbit: Morel's Travolta spy movie FROM PARIS WITH LOVE opens next month.
Source: EW

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1:45AM on 01/06/2010

Walk without rhythm...

This is going to be ass. That said, I would have never bet on P.J. pulling off LOTR. Just get Michael Bay to shoot it for the LCD with lots of 'splosions and then we'll know it will be total shitfest thus sparing ourselves the hoping it will be a decent adaptation.
This is going to be ass. That said, I would have never bet on P.J. pulling off LOTR. Just get Michael Bay to shoot it for the LCD with lots of 'splosions and then we'll know it will be total shitfest thus sparing ourselves the hoping it will be a decent adaptation.
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4:55PM on 01/05/2010

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This is all sorts of shitty, horrible news! I really liked District 13 but other than that what has this dude done?? Also, why the fuck did Berg blow off Dune for Battleship??? Color me pissed.
This is all sorts of shitty, horrible news! I really liked District 13 but other than that what has this dude done?? Also, why the fuck did Berg blow off Dune for Battleship??? Color me pissed.
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7:11AM on 01/05/2010

Game Over Man!

Berg had some (only some) credentials to tackle this sci-fi masterpiece but hiring this hack is an insult to fans. Give us a decent director who has at least shown an ability for serious material. This will be Riddick 3 only more dumbed down.
Berg had some (only some) credentials to tackle this sci-fi masterpiece but hiring this hack is an insult to fans. Give us a decent director who has at least shown an ability for serious material. This will be Riddick 3 only more dumbed down.
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6:58AM on 01/05/2010

No need...

Having read the books, and painfully so, I might add, I can only say that David Lynch did the world a favor by taking a terrible book and making a watchable movie. Leave it be, for fear the next director will try to remain "true to the book" (lord help us all!)
Having read the books, and painfully so, I might add, I can only say that David Lynch did the world a favor by taking a terrible book and making a watchable movie. Leave it be, for fear the next director will try to remain "true to the book" (lord help us all!)
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12:03AM on 01/05/2010

Hell naw

Oh god no. First Taken, schlocky but ok with terribly shot action. Then From Paris with Love, upping the crazy but looks even more terrible.

Not the best track record for mawfuckin Dune, the sci fi epic.
Oh god no. First Taken, schlocky but ok with terribly shot action. Then From Paris with Love, upping the crazy but looks even more terrible.

Not the best track record for mawfuckin Dune, the sci fi epic.
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11:51PM on 01/04/2010
a new shitty director who will pussy out a few months later.
a new shitty director who will pussy out a few months later.
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10:25PM on 01/04/2010

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hope he gets Besson on the project as a producer. another frenchman who would be nice to have aboard at least as a designer would be Caro...and also Moebius.
hope he gets Besson on the project as a producer. another frenchman who would be nice to have aboard at least as a designer would be Caro...and also Moebius.
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