As rumored last November, the long developing remake of Dune is dead. Paramount failed to come to an agreement to extend the rights, and now the option has lapsed. Producer Richard P. Rubinstein says, “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.”
The long-languishing Dune remake that’s been simmering at Paramount for several years may get permanently shelved. Deadline reports the clock is ticking on the rights, with a production start date required to be set by next Spring. And part of the problem is that all the rights holders need to agree on various aspects of the production – like a director. First Peter Berg walked away after heading the initial development to make Battleship instead, and it is possible that Pierre Morel has also stepped down.
Apparently I missed this last month, but Peter Berg is out as the director of the Kevin Mishner-produced remake of Dune, and Pierre Morel (Taken) is in the chair. Berg apparently left to do Battleship and Lone Survivor for Universal. And with the change in director, it isn’t a surprise to see a change in the writer, with Chase Palmer (Number 13) taking the pen to add Morel’s vision to Josh Zetumer’s screenplay.