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Paramount is done with Dune

03.22.2011

I feel like I've been talking about the DUNE reboot/reimagining/whatever since I started here in 2009. Apparently it's been on the burner for awhile now, four years to be exact--until today.

Paramount has given up on everything DUNE. The rights holders and Paramount came to a parting as the rights lapsed. “Paramount’s option has expired and we couldn’t reach an agreement," said Richard P. Rubinstein who controls the rights to the novel. “I’m going to look at my options, and whether I wind up taking the script we developed in turnaround, or start over, I’m not sure yet.”.

According to Rubinstein everything with Paramount came down to money, but he said that all parties were okay with that. Rubenstein is still optimistic, “Sure, it’s frustrating, how long this has taken, but most of what I’ve done that worked out well over the years, like the miniseries The Stand, took a long time. Since I know what I want, eventually, I’ll find someone who’ll agree with me. What I like is that talent has interesting things to say on how they would approach it.” Kevin Misher (PUBLIC ENEMIES) was helping Rubenstein by taking on a role as producer but currently everything is still up in the air, “Right now, Dune has no commitments or attachments."

The fate of DUNE always seemed fairly shaky. For a moment it looked like it was going to get off the ground but when director Peter Berg dropped out to do BATTLESHIP things went downhill. Pierre Morel (TAKEN) at one point collaborated with Chase Palmer on the script. Rubinstein and Misher really favored what came out of that teaming. Morel was also one of the potential directors of the adaptation. Rubinstein noted that he would possibly reconnect with Morel and Palmer, but this has yet to happen. All they need is a financier to put up $100 million or so and production can get started.

To be honest, I was looking forward to seeing a new take on the world of DUNE but I'm sort of glad that it's done. For now...

Extra Tidbit: Do we have any fans of David Lynch's adaptation? Harkonnen, I know your answer.
Source: Deadline

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1:48AM on 03/23/2011

Sci-Fi Channel did a decent enough version.

I'm glad it's dead. I enjoyed the Sci-Fi channels version of both "Dune" & "Children of Dune." It's time to move the hell on & get something new to film.
I'm glad it's dead. I enjoyed the Sci-Fi channels version of both "Dune" & "Children of Dune." It's time to move the hell on & get something new to film.
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1:21AM on 03/23/2011
My favorite felon.
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12:20AM on 03/23/2011

No one is surprised

I think the best, and most appropriate, way to make a Dune movie would but to cut it into 2 - 3 movies. The book is rich with detail and depth. Find a way to do that and you're sold or HBO/Showtime/Starz do a series. Fuck the SyFy version...wasn't good.
I think the best, and most appropriate, way to make a Dune movie would but to cut it into 2 - 3 movies. The book is rich with detail and depth. Find a way to do that and you're sold or HBO/Showtime/Starz do a series. Fuck the SyFy version...wasn't good.
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11:00PM on 03/22/2011
You know, if they really wanted to they could still do the sequel to Lynch's Dune.

Doesn't the second book take place several decades later?
You know, if they really wanted to they could still do the sequel to Lynch's Dune.

Doesn't the second book take place several decades later?
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10:55PM on 03/22/2011
What they need to do is forget about a live action version and try a take on an animated version. Hell it would make for a great tv series. That would allow dune to be told full out end to end as it was originally written instead of a 2 hour condensed version with large parts of the story missing. That should make dune all the more profitable and enjoyable.
What they need to do is forget about a live action version and try a take on an animated version. Hell it would make for a great tv series. That would allow dune to be told full out end to end as it was originally written instead of a 2 hour condensed version with large parts of the story missing. That should make dune all the more profitable and enjoyable.
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10:22PM on 03/22/2011

And how can this be.....

...FOR HE IS THE KWISATZ HADERACH!!

Lynch's film is epic and the TV series can suck my hairy white ass.
...FOR HE IS THE KWISATZ HADERACH!!

Lynch's film is epic and the TV series can suck my hairy white ass.
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7:20PM on 03/22/2011

Sweet. After Akira this is good news.

I'd rather have no Dune than any offered to date. This needs L-O-T-rings type commitment. At least splitting the flick in two. READ THIS AKIRA PRODUCERS!!!!!!! This is good news. A great book that could be AMAZING with a visionary director at the helm. Jackson was great but work-man-like rather than distinctive (i'm a fan - he F**kin rules). Would love to see a genius take on a genius book.... I'd like David Lynch to.....oh!
I'd rather have no Dune than any offered to date. This needs L-O-T-rings type commitment. At least splitting the flick in two. READ THIS AKIRA PRODUCERS!!!!!!! This is good news. A great book that could be AMAZING with a visionary director at the helm. Jackson was great but work-man-like rather than distinctive (i'm a fan - he F**kin rules). Would love to see a genius take on a genius book.... I'd like David Lynch to.....oh!
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7:01PM on 03/22/2011
The problem in "Dune" is extremely hard to adapt (properly) to a movie. And if someone DID make a proper adaptation the studios would probably balk at it's unmarketability.
And speaking of Lynch's version, was there ever a proper Director's Cut release? Because from what I understand the studio re-edited that movie to shreds.
The problem in "Dune" is extremely hard to adapt (properly) to a movie. And if someone DID make a proper adaptation the studios would probably balk at it's unmarketability.
And speaking of Lynch's version, was there ever a proper Director's Cut release? Because from what I understand the studio re-edited that movie to shreds.
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6:59PM on 03/22/2011
Aronofsky, this is your chance to make it up to us all for causing us such a mayor disappointment.
Aronofsky, this is your chance to make it up to us all for causing us such a mayor disappointment.
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11:01PM on 03/22/2011
yeah because making some book that like 12 people have read would make up for not directing a badass movie about arguably the second or third most beloved superhero of all time

think before you write
yeah because making some book that like 12 people have read would make up for not directing a badass movie about arguably the second or third most beloved superhero of all time

think before you write
11:27PM on 03/22/2011
Bob, Bob, Bob, Dune is The Lord of The Rings of sci-fi, it's visionary, very famous, and a source of inspiration in all kinds of genres...including comic books. And while Wolverine has got a lot of potential and could have been so potent in Aronofsky's hands...Dune has both the otherworldly action and a whole lot more depth and wonder than you will find in most superhero comics. Get informed before you write.
Bob, Bob, Bob, Dune is The Lord of The Rings of sci-fi, it's visionary, very famous, and a source of inspiration in all kinds of genres...including comic books. And while Wolverine has got a lot of potential and could have been so potent in Aronofsky's hands...Dune has both the otherworldly action and a whole lot more depth and wonder than you will find in most superhero comics. Get informed before you write.
1:59PM on 03/23/2011
Dune is not now, and can never be compared to LOTR from a pop culture standpoint. LOTR is the second most (non-religious) selling book of ALL TIME at 150 million copies [I'm using Wikipedia, [link]. Dune has sold less then 1/10th the amount.

While I'll admit that I'm surprised Dune has sold as many copies as it has, it simply is not a part of the 2011 pop culture zeitgeist in the way that Wolverine is. There aren't a ton of people clamoring to see a Dune movie.

While you can argue
Dune is not now, and can never be compared to LOTR from a pop culture standpoint. LOTR is the second most (non-religious) selling book of ALL TIME at 150 million copies [I'm using Wikipedia, [link]. Dune has sold less then 1/10th the amount.

While I'll admit that I'm surprised Dune has sold as many copies as it has, it simply is not a part of the 2011 pop culture zeitgeist in the way that Wolverine is. There aren't a ton of people clamoring to see a Dune movie.

While you can argue that it has artistic merit (it very well might, I have no idea), you can not begin to argue that anybody will actually see the film.
6:04PM on 03/23/2011
The story is awesome Bob, it' very cinematic. It could be bigger than Star Wars if they handled it just right.
The story is awesome Bob, it' very cinematic. It could be bigger than Star Wars if they handled it just right.
6:43PM on 03/22/2011
Lynch's Dune will never be topped. The dismal TV movie from a few years back shows what happens when you don't have an artist at the helm.
Lynch's Dune will never be topped. The dismal TV movie from a few years back shows what happens when you don't have an artist at the helm.
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6:38PM on 03/22/2011
I would want to see Peter Berg take a shot at this.
I would want to see Peter Berg take a shot at this.
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