By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders, Variety
Paramount Pictures might be without Peter Berg, who exited Dune over two months back, but they've found a replacement.
Pierre Morel to Direct Dune
Though Morel is relatively untested for a film of Dune's scale, he did do one helluva job with Taken, the little actioner that took the box office by storm; so I guess he's good to go with that part of the genre.
As most know, a Dune adaptation was attempted back in 1984 by David Lynch, but it wasn't considered a financial success. I personally thought it was pretty damn cool, save for that creepy little girl.
Herbert’s novel—about an intergalactic struggle to control the supply of a valuable spice found only on the remote desert planet Arrakis—remains the biggest selling sci fi novel and it’s still enormously popular. Morel, for instance, is a long time fan who brought his well-worn copy of the novel with him to meetings at Paramount, sources said.
So he's a fan of the material? I'm sold, as some of the best adaptations over the past decade were not by the most experienced, but those who adored the material they were working with. Now let's see how much money Paramount is willing to throw at the production.