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Peter Berg Leaves DUNE!! But Who Will Take His Place??

Merrick here...
Initially reported by Pajiba (!?!?) HERE and subsequently confirmed by CHUD (HERE), seems Peter Berg is no longer involved with the DUNE movie we've been hearing about recently. Pajiba says:
But the big news is, Peter Berg completely dropped the project a few weeks ago — his Film 44 production company backed out, and now Paramount is scrambling to find a new director. The search, however, has run into two issues: 1) they’re looking for a director who can put the movie together for under $175 million, which sounds manageable, but they don’t want anything resembling the crap effects of the ‘84 film, and 2) they want a director who already has a preexisting passion for the novel and is enthusiastic about the project. Right now, Paramount is shopping the script to two directors: They like Neill Blompkamp (District 9), who has the right vision, but the frontrunner, at the moment, is Neil Marshall (The Descent), who was sent the script early this month. However, despite the enthusiasm of producer, Kevin Misher (Public Enemies), the studio is somewhat tepid on Marshall, uncertain about handing over a $175 million film with franchise potential to a somewhat unknown director whose only hit was the modestly successful The Descent.
Brace for Ratner. He's already at Paramount doing the fourth BEVERLY HILLS COP movie, after all. I'm kidding, I hope. Meanwhile, Berg is moving forward with his big budget, action heavy production of BATTLESHIP - based on the game of the same name.

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  • Oct. 28, 2009, 2:36 p.m. CST

    And the world rejoiced.

    by HarryCalder

    Fuck, yeah.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 2:38 p.m. CST

    The Fall of the Republic: The Presidency of Barack H. Obama

    by Spazatronik2000

    http://tinyurl.com/yl8wc8z

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 2:39 p.m. CST

    Only one name comes to mind: Frank Henenlotter.

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    He will respect the canon.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Good. The dude's a lightweight.

    by MetalMickey

    Lynch's DUNE isn't bad, but it could use a serious re-edit & FX upgrade. If anything, they should make CHILDREN OF DUNE with Kyle MacLachlan as the older Paul.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Read the damn books

    by RangerM9

    forget the movies....just read the books, let your mind make the movie, it will be far better anyway.....

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 2:41 p.m. CST

    I'd really like to see this project go away...

    by HarryCalder

    ...but it did occur to me that I'd love to see David Cronenburg's version of Dune. I mean, if Paramount MUST to do this thing...

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 2:43 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    No sand Dune for the ice Berg.<p> Good. Berg 'aint all that'.<p> Someone get Verhoeven on the phone.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Bring back Alejandro Jodorowsky!!

    by tmifune78

    He's what, 80 now? But his vision for Dune in early seventies looked amazing.http://data-allocine.blogomaniac.fr/mdata/2/4/2/Z20040203205313330324242/img/dune_palais_harkonnen_version_alejandro.jpg

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Hasn't DUNE suffered enough?

    by FlickaPoo

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Other names that have popped into my head:

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    Mark Rydell. Joe Roth. Peter Chelsom. Big fans of all their work.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Wow...a third version?

    by yodaismyhomie

    Let's see...there was the 84 one. Then there was the mini-series around 2000 which spawned a sequel which combined two of the books. Now they want another movie? Wow...why not make a movie based on one of the other books? Or better yet, let people read. I mean it hasn't been 10 years since the last one came out and they are already planning a new one.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Fuck it, I dig Lynch's version

    by GiveMeAnFinBreak

    Although, I know I'm in the minority.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 2:47 p.m. CST

    "crap effects of the ‘84 film"...??!!

    by FlickaPoo

    ...I thought the effects and art direction were the best part. The look and tone of that movie was the one thing they got spot on.<P>Those cubist shields...The Baron and his all natural people juice remedies...perfection...

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 2:48 p.m. CST

    The FX of Lynch's version was mostly shaky

    by skimn

    but the set design was beautiful, and thanks to CGI, will probably never be reproduced practically again. And the worms were supposed to look like giant dicks, right?

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 2:50 p.m. CST

    time was an issue...

    by tmifune78

    ignore previous link: http://tinyurl.com/yj5dqfl

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 2:51 p.m. CST

    And to think of all the man hours of people

    by skimn

    manually rotoscoping the blue eyes of the Freman...wow.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 2:51 p.m. CST

    how about darren aronofsky

    by son_of_ebert

    of course one could say that for just about any film...

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 2:52 p.m. CST

    Jodorowsky

    by JohnRyder

    The movie he did not make 30 years ago is a black hole in the world of sci-fi movies. I mean nothing came even close to what that movie might have been. They were ready to shoot it. I mean it was even storyboarded. Those designs by Giger, Chris Foss and Mobieus are still unmatched.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 2:52 p.m. CST

    BTW, can you believe we live in a time...

    by HarryCalder

    ...when "under $175 million" is apparently a difficult budget target to hit? Hardly news these days, but it's still sort of appalling to me... You could make, like, ten thousand Paranormal Activities for that...

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 2:52 p.m. CST

    THANK GOD. Get Neil Blomkamp!

    by la_sith

    Berg would've been absolutely fucking horrible. And please people...don't start bagging on Lynch's Dune.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Seems like the kind of weird shit Del Torro would be into

    by JuanSanchez

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 2:54 p.m. CST

    CGI Dali as the God Emperor of the universe

    by JohnRyder

    I want it. You want it.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 2:54 p.m. CST

    ...granted, they did blow a lot of the budget on naked Sting...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...just naked is reasonable, but oiled up in a diaper is going to cost you.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Wait, sorry, just did the math...

    by HarryCalder

    You'd only be able to make about 1,590 Paranormal Activities for $175 million.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 2:58 p.m. CST

    "crap effects of the ‘84 film"- fuck YOU, Pajiba

    by YackBacker

    You fucking no-talent, know-nothing asscrust.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Sting supplied his own winged diaper, actually.

    by HarryCalder

    Apparently, he has quite a collection.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 2:59 p.m. CST

    I can deliver the movie for $10 million...

    by JuanSanchez

    starring Christopher Lambert, Rutger Hauer and Lance Henricksen.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 3:01 p.m. CST

    I can do it for $2.5 million

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    with Jeffrey Combs, Joan Severance and Wings Hauser.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 3:02 p.m. CST

    ...they call that one the "Winged Freddy Mercury"...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...it's popular on Date Night at the Sting household. <P>No disrespect Freddy...we love you.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Plus my patented update of Percepto: DIGITAL PERCEPTO.

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    Motion captured Percepto effects done in-camera, on set. It's a "game-changer".

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Winged, Mercury, nicely done!

    by HarryCalder

    And yes, Freddy, we hope you're teaching those angels how to sing proper, dude.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 3:07 p.m. CST

    I'll do it for $500,000 with Jeremy and Jason London!!!

    by JuanSanchez

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Or $50,000 with Corbin Bernsen's ball sack.

    by JuanSanchez

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 3:13 p.m. CST

    "Leaving to go do Battleship"

    by Taragor

    That's one hell of a career choice there buddy. But sadly, seriously, why all the remakes/reboots and toys come to life! Can we just get to something original? Why does everything have to have some tie in to past movies/or toys just to get people to walk into the theater? Has society become that vapid that they need to be spoon-fed....er never mind, I just answered my own question.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 3:14 p.m. CST

    KEENAN IVORY WAYANS IS CLEARLY THE MAN FOR THE JOB...

    by SeXX ED

    ... you know you want it.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 3:16 p.m. CST

    both choices are better than Berg

    by hegele

    Just give them room to breath and room to create. Some artists work better under pressure, just don't suffocate them Paramount.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 3:16 p.m. CST

    A fan of the books

    by AnUsulDarkley

    I could give you a detailed account of how lacking the 84 version is, but I don't want to spend the next two hours typing. And if I did that I would have to spend another couple explaining the mini series. With that said, I don't mind a third attempt if the director has a passion for the material and desires to bring a faithful version to the screen.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 3:19 p.m. CST

    the mini series many flaws.

    by AnUsulDarkley

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 3:21 p.m. CST

    District 9 was basically a fucking videogame...

    by TheWaqman

    honestly for all the people bashing Avatar and praising District 9 they're really showing their hypocrisy. District 9 turned into your average action game after the first intriguing 30 minutes.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 3:21 p.m. CST

    But with that said Marshall or Blomkamp are better choices...

    by TheWaqman

    provided they don't stray towards their more flawed nature. Let's hope Marshall doesn't pull another Doomsday on us.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 3:23 p.m. CST

    get Blomkamp!

    by Jared

    And for the record, I like Lynch's "Dune".

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Been there, Dune that. (I know... bad pun)

    by Ivan_Mtl

    But seriously, as much as I loved the David Lynch version, it would be great to see another visionary director like Ridley Scott (who was once attached to it before moving on to do Blade Runner), or David Twohy (whose Chronicles of Riddick was truly epic in scope) give us their take on the material. I think Dune is something like the Batman character in comic books. It lends itself to many different artistic interpretations.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Blomkamp Doesn't Want All That Money

    by Crow3711

    Too much studio involvement. They won't give Marshal that much money, he doesn't have the talent. All his movies have been low-budget, and they looked it. I don't think he has the vision for it. Blomkamp would be ideal I think, but I've seen interviews and stuff where he says he doesn't want to do anything with all that money, because you don't get to make the movie you want to make. This will be interesting.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Would love to see Blomkamp do this

    by solanine

    If anyone has proven to be someone that can deliver a movie that looks twice or three times the budget, it's him. Although I'd imagine he'd probably have reservations having to give in to the studio system.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Oh, and one more thing...

    by Ivan_Mtl

    Anybody who brings up Freddy Mercury in a conversation is all right in my book. What is taking Hollywood so long to make a bio pic of his most interesting life (exotic beginnings in Zanzibar, fish out of water in England, rise to super-stardom, tragic ending, etc.). It would have the greatest soundtrack ever committed to film.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Still have faith in Marshall, even after Doomsday

    by judderman

    but he's not ready. Bloomkamp (however you spell it) can do decent scifi on a budget, so he has my vote for "most likely not to run this into the ground". The better question is WHY? This book is completely unfilmable. Over the last 30 years, there have been three spectacular monuments to that statement's indelible truth. Are either Marshall or Bloomkamp brave or tragically misguided enough to build a fourth?

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 3:34 p.m. CST

    $175 million? Where are they shooting this thing? Mars?

    by YackBacker

    Fuck, no wonder the industry is falling apart. $170 million for this movie? Fuck, Ron Moore and $10 million gives you a comparable TV version. What a fucking waste of money.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 3:35 p.m. CST

    There were definitely problems with Lynch's Dune...

    by KillDozer

    but it wasn't the effects. I thought almost everything in that movie looked like it was ripped right from the book. The thopers could've used another go, but the stillsuits, shields, worms, sets...all perfect IMO.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 3:35 p.m. CST

    I AM SO RELIEVED.....

    by JaPra

    To hear this. When I read what Berg wanted to do, [basically a michael bay version of the story] I was gearing myself up for a cliff notes version of this amazing story. Hopefully this film won't suck now.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 3:37 p.m. CST

    This is a job for Tarsem.

    by Dingbatty

    Blomkamp is better suited to earthy stuff. You need someone who can do sumptuous interiors, opulent awe-inspiring vistas, and ebullient thunderous emotion, for Dune -- Tarsem.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 3:37 p.m. CST

    ??????????????????????????????????????

    by Series7

    How is David Fincher not attached to this? I mean the dude is supposedly directing everything ever mad? Did he die?

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Ivan_Mtl re: Mercury biopic

    by HarryCalder

    Now, THERE is a movie I'd rather see than another effing Dune remake. I don't know much about the guy, but Queen rules! "Sheer Heart Attack." All's I need to say.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 3:39 p.m. CST

    ...I still say Lynch nailed the look and feel...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...of the books. Sure, to adapt a book of that size they had to move and change things around and that let to some problems, but I wouldn't trade the look of that version for any amount of strict faithfulness or coherence.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 3:40 p.m. CST

    AnUsulDarkley

    by yodaismyhomie

    I agree there are many flaws with either, but as a fan of a book you must realize that there is no film version that could ever be made of this that would get it right.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 3:40 p.m. CST

    ...Fincher would be pretty good for this now that you...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...mention it.<P>Again, if there must be another DUNE.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Just let it go, Paramount

    by BrashHulk

    Pull the plug and move on. At a $175+ million budget, you'd only consider the movie a success if it made $200+ million just in the US, and that's not going to happen. An emotionally-detached yet preachy space opera? Look how Keanu's re-make of "The Day The Earth Stood Still" did - $230 million WORLD-WIDE. Bad call, Ripley...bad call.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 3:44 p.m. CST

    I like the Sci-Fi miniseries, both of them...

    by Rhuragh

    Alec Newman and James McAvoy were perfect in their roles. In fact, Children of Dune made McAvoy's career. As far as the existing productions go, the Sci-Fi miniseries were both much closer to the books than the Lynch movie was. As to a new production, Neil Marshall wouldn't be a terrible idea, but Blompkamp is a much better idea. I'm sure he doesn't want to be pigeonholed as a modest to big budget sci-fi director, but really, if you're going to make an exception, I think one of the most important and influential pieces of science-fiction literature would be it.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Alejandro Jodorowsky-HR Giger-Moebius

    by the Green Gargantua

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Arg.

    by Rhuragh

    Yeah, I thought it was Blomkamp, but that's what I get for using the spelling in the article without verifying it independently.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 3:46 p.m. CST

    I don't know about making Dune, but Fincher needs...

    by Dr.DirtyD

    to bust out another science fiction movie asap.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 3:46 p.m. CST

    I think Aronofsky could really do something with Dune...

    by Ironhelix

    The feel of his movies would mesh well with Dune, I think. Also, as mentioned already, Tarsem would be awesome as well. "The Fall" was fucking cool.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Spazatronik2000

    by Toonol

    You know, I think Obama is a terrible president, but if you do nonsensical and aggressive spamming of talkbacks, you're as much of a loon as the people that complained about George Bush in every talkback. It's self-destructive.<p> And did they say '84 dune had bad effects? I thought they were fine, for the time.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 3:48 p.m. CST

    The Sci-Fi miniseries

    by Toonol

    I agree, they were one of the few decent things that network has ever done.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 3:50 p.m. CST

    what was wrong with the first Dune?

    by crazybubba

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 3:51 p.m. CST

    sacha baron cohen was linked to a planned..

    by emeraldboy

    or allegedly planned biopic of freddie mercury. complete tosh. but then sacha would have had to fight off allegations that he was in someways homophobic. bruno was.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Good

    by intersect

    Everything was wrong with the first Dune, The miniseries was good, but for the crazy costumes and obviously computer effects

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 3:53 p.m. CST

    ...if I was a director I wouldn't touch this though...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...minuscule but fundamentalist cult-like fan base...doing it right would require a lot of money...dull recent mini-series...and the ground has been pretty well covered, how to find a way to blow people's socks off at this point?

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 3:54 p.m. CST

    I loved District 9...

    by KillDozer

    but I don't see anything in that movie that indicates Blomkamp is the right man for the Dune job.<p> If you look at his shorts and his one feature film, they all show his talent for presenting small stories. Dune seems way too epic for him at this point in his career.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 3:57 p.m. CST

    For Truly He IS...

    by Ray Gamma

    The Kwizzacks Schadderach. Or something.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Great News!!!

    by kershner

    I like the fact that they want someone who loves the novel. I think Neill Blompkamp would be a great choice, he has proven that he can handle special effects and a good story.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Blomkamp, Marshall, Tarsem, Aronofsky?

    by MacReady452

    I appreciate the "wishful thinking" but these guys aren't going anywhere near this. These are artists. Fincher, not a bad choice. I watched Hostel 2 last night for the first time and have to admit that while I thought the movie was completely disappointing I was very impressed with the look and style of the movie. I wanna see what Eli Roth can do with a big budget if he could take some time away from cameoing in QT films. Seemed like a huge leap forward from Cabin Fever. I did miss Dr. Mambo however.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 4:06 p.m. CST

    By the way

    by kershner

    I've read all the books by Herbert and love the Lynch movie. On the other hand, I really disliked the tv mini-series. If they're gona make another adaptation anyway, they better do it right and with people who love the material.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Yes to Blomkamp

    by kwisatzhaderach

    No to Marshall. Hallelujah that Berg is no longer involved!

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 4:08 p.m. CST

    JODOROWSKY MUST FINALLY MAKE THIS FILM

    by Mullah Omar

    You could give him a fraction of the money and he'd deliver something truly whacked-out and memorable. Would it be a commercial success? Not sure about that one...

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 4:09 p.m. CST

    A Fincher Dune could be cool

    by kwisatzhaderach

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 4:09 p.m. CST

    The sleeper must awaken

    by kwisatzhaderach

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 4:09 p.m. CST

    And Lynch's movie is awesome

    by kwisatzhaderach

    All you JJ Star Trek fans should go check out what a real sci-fi movie looks like.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Lynch's Dune was awesome

    by son_of_ebert

    except for the ending.. the rain ruined it.. casting was brilliant though

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Not enthused

    by Lornsorrow

    Lynch's version is the only version I care about. Really thought the 2000 versions or whatever were terrible. Unless someone can live of to the atmosphere and psychedelic nature of the Lynch version, I don't think I'm going to care about yet another Dune...

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 4:18 p.m. CST

    typo

    by Lornsorrow

    "live of" should be "live up"

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 4:20 p.m. CST

    the problem with the dune series

    by son_of_ebert

    is it has never been given the justice (on screen) that the series deserves.. sure everybody knows dune but the other books really make the series what it is .. and the (scifi) miniseries were god offal..

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Peter Jackson should get this one

    by NoHubris

    I know he has a full plate, but with a $175 mil. budget, he's the only sane choice.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 4:22 p.m. CST

    hehehe awful

    by son_of_ebert

    because god offal is probably actually pretty great!

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Michael Rymer...

    by NoHubris

    ...who directed 17 BSG episodes, including Daybreak Parts 1&2 and the mini, could pull it off too -- with the aid of Ron Moore (as has been said).

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 4:27 p.m. CST

    "GOD OFFAL"= my next screen name...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...or someone else's by the end of the day.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Blomkamp can bring good style...

    by REVENGE_of_FETT

    <p>But I didn't like all the bizarre plot holes of District 9. Unfortunately that's a very common thing with foreign directors. What, no good American Directors?</p><p>Tone is crucial to this project and Dune presents a challenging one. If they can keep it focussed on a Stargate feel, action and adventure instead of gloom and intrigue, it could be fantasticly successful. Although its seriousness is a strength of the story, what sells tickets is FUN. The bleakness of Chronicles of Riddick is probably what doomed it at the theater for example.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Danny Boyle

    by REVENGE_of_FETT

    If they really want a foreigner to do it, this is the only guy I would trust.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Is Albert Pyun available?

    by JuanSanchez

    Or will he still be shooting Tales from an Ancient Empire for the next five years?

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Peter Berg = go away. Dune = remain a book.

    by IndyGold

    Paramount = go bankrupt. Hollywood = get new ideas.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 4:39 p.m. CST

    I'm not a hata!!

    by IndyGold

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 4:39 p.m. CST

    GREAT fucking news

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    I didn't like Berg's style on The Kingdom. I remember there was a dialogue scene on an airplane and there were about 500 shots in two minutes.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Thunderbolt Ross

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Exactly. One of the most distracting movies i've ever seen.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Brace for Ratner

    by copernicus

    What a catch phrase. Used to describe the dread felt by fans when a high profile director backs out of a tentpole film, and fans suspect the studio will put release date ahead of quality.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 4:47 p.m. CST

    No new Ratner content since '07

    by JuanSanchez

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Jorodowsky and Scott get a second bite! ;-)

    by KillaKane

    Yeah, well that's never gonna happen. Dream scenario choices Blomkamp, Del Toro, Fincher, Jackson, Cuaron, Aranovsky, Natal etc, etc. The likey shill-out choices: Brett Ratner, Paul Anderson et al

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Rhuragh

    by medicinaluser

    We basically need that SciFi miniseries redone with the production values of the 84 movie.<BR><BR>Exactly how fucking hard are they (Paramount) trying to make this for themselves

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Blompkamp

    by enderandrew

    Didn't he do District 9 for $30 million? Who says he needs $175 million for Dune, which would arguably have less CGI overall than District 9? D9 was filled with pure CGI creatures. The only reason I can see a huge skyrocket in budget is if they went with big names. My guess is the studio would push for someone like Chris Pine, where as Berg would have pushed for someone like Taylor Kitsch.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 5 p.m. CST

    Boyle

    by enderandrew

    He says he isn't a fan of sci-fi. And while the first half of Sunshine is great, the ending isn't so much. I love Boyle, but I'm not sure he is right for Dune. Would I lose my geek card if I admitted I never read any Dune books? What if I said I enjoyed both the Lynch movie and the mini-series? I did think the mini-series was the better way to handle the length of the material. I don't want to sit for a 4 hour movie.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 5 p.m. CST

    Fett, wtf are you talking about?

    by KillDozer

    We've already been through the District 9 plot hole thing (I still think you're full of shit), but what is your basis for saying plot holes are common with foreign directors?

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Actually Fett, forget I asked.

    by KillDozer

    Since your District 9 plot holes were things the director simply left ambiguous I can see why you might have trouble with foreign directors many of whom, I admit, have a tendency not to spoon feed things to the audience like American directors do.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 5:03 p.m. CST

    I saw two EXCELLENT suggestions.

    by Hyphin

    This first is Tarsem. That was inspired. At the very least, the man will capture the look and feel of the universe, and in my opinion, that's more than half the battle.<p>The second is Peter Jackson. It seems pretty easy to immediately crap all over this suggestion and not really think about it, but honestly, Dune has a good many similarities with Lord of the Rings. It would require the ability to keep the overall theme and storyline, while not following the canon to the letter. Let's be honest. The only man in the history of cinema or fantasy or sci-fi or frickin' ANYTHING to ever do that perfectly is Peter Jackson.<p>He'll never do it, unless the studio treats him like a human, and not a bag a money, though.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 5:08 p.m. CST

    berg should stick to action...

    by Charlie_Allnut

    that's what he's good at. I'm not sure he would have had the artistic vision to pull off dune anyway. Blomkamp seems like a good choice on the surface, but I'd like to see Dune filmed like an old school epic, not a modern action movie. And I'm not sure what they mean about the "crap" effects in the 1984 version. The effects, costumes, acting were all top notch! A lot of the stuff was practically ripped from the pages of the book...the real problem was trying to cram a 1200 page iconic book into a 2hr movie...theres gonna be problems!

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 5:09 p.m. CST

    I've always wanted to step in the director's chair

    by JettL93

    perhaps this is my calling?

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Stop fucking around and get John Carpenter.

    by JuanSanchez

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 5:11 p.m. CST

    ALBERT PYUN to the rescue!

    by kikuchiyoboy

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Charlie

    by Hyphin

    Exactly. I completely agree with you, this should be handled like 'an old school epic'. Whoever they choose would have to fit in with that idea, though, and frankly, I don't actually think either Blomkamp OR Marshall fall into that sort of style. They just, in my opinion, don't work with material that way. HOWEVER. Tarsem and Peter Jackson both do. Sorry. I'm harping on about that. But seriously. Either would be so cool.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Mercury does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Just announced at Variety.com<p> DUNE the sci-fi rock opera. Following the departure of director Peter Berg, the DUNE project has taken an unexpected turn.<p>Frank Herbert's classic novel will now be reinvisioned as a bio-pic of Queen front man Freddie Mercury.<p> The surviving members of Queen have endorsed the move, calling it 'a bizarre and brilliant decision' and have also revealed that before Freddie's passing they recorded an 85 minute score themed around Dune and Freddie's tumultuous life.<p> Sting has so far been unavailable to comment, but it has been confirmed that he has re-written an old hit for inclusion in the movie, now entitled 'An Englishman In Arrakis'.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Cobra--Kai...you've got my 8.50$

    by FlickaPoo

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 5:23 p.m. CST

    NEIL MARSHALL OR NEIL BLOMKAMP?

    by Gozu

    What weird alternate universe is this where it's one of two amazing choices? Fuck yeah, either way!

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Ba dum tish!

    by kwisatzhaderach

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 5:23 p.m. CST

    As soon as Avatar rakes in the coin

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Dune will be a big priority for Paramount.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Hyphin

    by NoHubris

    Agreed regarding your reasons for Jackson which were different than the ones I thought of.<p>Jackson would be great for DUNE IMHO because (1)he can do sweeping saga with emotionally powerful visuals without sacrificing the human story; (2) his casting would be both inspired and imaginative; and (3) the score would be tremendous.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 5:30 p.m. CST

    NoHubris

    by Rhuragh

    Oh, god. I think a Jackson Dune trilogy might be phenomenal, but I doubt he's willing to spend another decade of his life on a second geek literary trilogy event.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 5:30 p.m. CST

    kwizatz hatrack

    by jameskpolk

    That messianic stuff never worked too well for me. And feminists have had a field day decrying the "subservient" roles of most of the female characters of Dune. They have a point, when all the female leads are motivated by the prospect of serving male masters and'or bringing about a male messiah

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Jackson's not the right fit

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Not for Dune, it needs a more inspired, independent filmmaker. The Jackson of Heavenly Creatures might have been a good fit, but I don't want to see Dune turn into a lumbering 2nd unit epic like Lord of the Rings or King Kong. I like a lot of Lord of the Rings but a lot of the scenes are flat, one of the hazards of shooting three films back to back at the same time I guess.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Get Marshall. PLEASE.

    by Senzafine

    This'll make up for me crying up a shitstorm when he didn't get the PREDATORS gig.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 5:33 p.m. CST

    jameskpolk

    by kwisatzhaderach

    But that's the story, you can't change it just to fit the political correctness of the day.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 5:33 p.m. CST

    jameskpolk

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Chani is a pretty strong female character.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 5:34 p.m. CST

    jameskpolk

    by kwisatzhaderach

    I love the messianic aspect of Dune, especially tied in with Lynch's disturbing vision sequences in the film.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Tarsem!

    by Omar B

    I'm glad he's being mentioned. He's the first person that always comes to mind when I think of Dune. A real artist and great storyteller who can say a lot with just visuals. Besides, he's work is pretty as all heck.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Rhuragh

    by NoHubris

    LOL. You're probably 100% correct, but then again, if the offer and terms are right, things change in a huge way.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 5:40 p.m. CST

    Tarsem isn't good at drama though

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Just the visual side of it.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Aronofsky, Tarsem or Fincher.

    by Half-Baked-Goggle-Box-Do-Gooder

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Give it to COPPOLA

    by Ricardo77

    What a great opportunity to revisit similar ground he excelled at in the Godfather. Give the old man one last shot!

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Just announced!! Marshall to direct!! But is it Penny or Garry

    by BrashHulk

    It's Laverne & Shirley to the rescue!

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 5:46 p.m. CST

    Cobra...any chance you can work in a We Will Rock...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...You type just drums sequence...but using thumpers instead?<P>Maybe the same thing for the out of the blue drum solo in Englishman In Arakis.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 5:48 p.m. CST

    HarryCalder - Freddie Mercury Bio-Pic

    by Ivan_Mtl

    Well, that makes at least TWO people who would pay to see a Freddie Mercury bio pic. Let's see... two plus the countless millions of fans around the world (Queen, like the sport of soccer, is an international phenomenon) would make this a guaranteed money-making no-brainer. What does that say about the current execs running the big studios? How can they not see the potential of this project?

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Mark II

    by Half-Baked-Goggle-Box-Do-Gooder

    Aronofsky, Tarsem or Fincher. <p>All good choices...But Tarsem would need an iron-clad script from somebody who understands politics and intrigue, not just spectacle. <p>Fincher could get it perfect, but it would take him five years. <p>Aronofsky is probably the best bet right now...But he's circled geek bait before and always went in the other direction. Remember when he was attached to a film version of "Batman Year One"? I'll believe his "Robocop" redo when I see it...)

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 5:51 p.m. CST

    WHO CARES JUST GET STING IN THIS

    by Meadowe

    Even with 2-3 decades since the last one and a scruffy beard on the today show the man's still in his prime.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 5:51 p.m. CST

    How About Joe Dante?

    by WriteFromLeft

    No mediocrity there. And just think about what those sand worms would look like...with strains from Goldsmith's Gremlins theme playing in the background. That I'd pay to see.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 5:53 p.m. CST

    also, Rhuragh

    by NoHubris

    IMHO it would be cool to see a gifted guy like Jackson make a second career out of doing "geek trilogy events." Besides, having done LOTR, he pretty much has a workable system and won't have to start from scratch when it comes to the production side of things.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 5:55 p.m. CST

    ...what about the guys from CITY OF LOST CHILDREN...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet I believe.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Taj Johnson for Freddie Mercury!!

    by tra1138

    Taj Johnson!! Check out his MySpace page. He looks just like him!! I'd pay for that.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Toonol

    by Spazatronik2000

    It only sounds non-sensical because you're skull is filled with mashed potatoes from watching television. I'm only asking people to wake up to the fact that both Bush and Obama are puppet front-men and both parties are the same. I used to be a Democrat but sorry kiddies it's time to man up and put on the big boy pants, going into a voting booth and casting your vote for another lying, glorified used car salesman just isn't going to cut it anymore. The Fall of the Republic: The Presidency of Barack H. Obama http://tinyurl.com/yl8wc8z. This movie's more about Wallstreet than anything else.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 5:58 p.m. CST

    *your skull lmao

    by Spazatronik2000

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Fuck "Flash Gordon"...

    by HarryCalder

    A Dune/Queen mash-up would make so much money, Selznick would crawl out of his grave just to bemoan "Gone With The Wind" losing its status as the most financially successful film ever.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Here's some directors who could be well suited...

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    First off, I like BERG, sorry to hear he's off the project. <p> There's the usual suspects of dream directors like RIDLEY SCOTT, JAMES CAMERON, PETER JACKSON, GUILLERMO DEL TORO which would indeed be quite terrific. It definately has to be someone with alot of technical skill, who can handle a giant crew with truely epic results. But here's some other decent choices I could get excited about: <p> 01. MEL GIBSON - Apocaypto, Passion Of The Christ, Braveheart <p> 02. EDWARD ZWICK - The Last Samurai, Glory, Legends Of The Fall, The Siege, Courage Under Fire <p> 03. LUC BESSON - The Fifth Element (He can bring Eric Serra along as well.) <p> 04. ROLAND EMMERICH - Stargate, ID4, The Patriot, 10,000 B.C. (Admit it, he'd be good for this.)<p> 05. GORE VERBINSKI - Pirates Of The Carribean <p> 06. SHAKHAR KAPUR - Elizabeth, The Four Feathers <p> 07. GEORGE MILLER - Mad Max, Babe 2: Pig In The City, Happy Feet <p> 08. ZHANG YIMOU - Hero, House Of Flying Daggers <p> 09. JEAN PIERRE JUENET - City Of Lost Children, Delicatessen, Alien Ressurection <p>10. MARTIN CAMPBELL - The Mask Of Zorro, GoldenEye, Casino Royale, No Escape, Vertical Limit <p> 11. TARSEM - The Fall, The Cell <p> 12. KEVIN REYNOLDS - Robin Hood: Prince Of Theives, Count Of Monte Cristo, Tristan + Isolde <p> 13. WOLFGANG PETERSON - Troy, Enemy Mine, The Neverending Story <p> 14. FRANCIS LAWRENCE - Constantine, I Am Legend <p> 15. ALEX PROYAS - Dark City, I Robot 16. DAVID TWOHY - Pitch Black, Chronicles Of Riddick, The Arrival, Below <p> 17. ANTOINE FUQUA - Tears Of The Sun, King Arthur, Training Day <p> 18. JOHN MCTIERNAN - The 13th Warrior, Predator, Hunt For Red October, Die Hard <p> 19. PAUL VERHOEVEN - Total Recall, Starship Troopers, Robocop, Flesh + Blood, Holloe Man <p> 20. JOHN MOORE - The Omen (2006), Flight Of The Pheonix, Behind Enemy Lines, Max Payne (I know people like to hate on this dude but I find his Omen superior to the original and take another look at those desert vistas in Flight Of The Phoenix. Very atmospheric director IMHO.) <p> I don't know, just spitballin', but Blomkamp could be good, not so confident in Neil Marshal however.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Tarsem

    by NoHubris

    I believed that he was mainly a visual director until I saw THE FALL, which proves he can knock the human story out of the park too.<p>But he DOES know to do bigger budget look for less.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 6:01 p.m. CST

    And since I'm back here not working like I should...

    by HarryCalder

    What about Tim Burton's "Dune?" How hard would that suck?

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Mira Nair

    by HarryCalder

    Why not let her take a shot at it?

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Jonathan Frakes

    by HarryCalder

    Make it so.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Peter Hyams

    by HarryCalder

    Ah, yes, that would be pure evil. Enough silliness, I'm clocking out for today.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 6:14 p.m. CST

    Okay! Marshall and Blokamp!

    by Judge Briggs

    Man, I wish FOX did the same fucking thing... shop around a franchise like this! Fuck tards.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 6:15 p.m. CST

    Hey, I'm not mad at Peter Hyams!

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    Outland is all kinds of awesome. 2010 is unfairly overlooked as well.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 6:16 p.m. CST

    David Cronenberg, Line 2 for you

    by DougMcKenzie

    It's Hollywood calling with a project you would knock out of the park.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 6:16 p.m. CST

    Berg

    by Judge Briggs

    Thank you for the brilliant Fir day Night Lights!

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Freddie Mercury is the Kwisatz-HadeROCK! of course.

    by FlickaPoo

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 6:19 p.m. CST

    BERG is too good for this Shit Story!

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    <br><br>Thank God he's off this lame project<br><Br>

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Mercury rules Ar-ROCK-is

    by HarryCalder

    Fuck, I've really got to get back to work.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 6:26 p.m. CST

    CONRAN, TARSEM

    by BranMakMorn

    Kerry Conran would know the material and Paramount owes him one for fucking up John Carter. Tarsem would also be great but doubt he'd be into the genre. Does this mean Berg is on to WORMS OF THE EARTH?

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 6:30 p.m. CST

    While some of the effects on the 1984 version are outdated

    by pax256

    That Movie stands as the definitive version imo. Its to me like redoing Wizard of Oz. Its not doable. Mind you they could redo some of the effects like they did for Star Trek... remaster it THX and all... Id sooner buy that than the new movie that wants to look and sound radically different from the 1984 version.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 6:30 p.m. CST

    AVATAR trailer and behind-the-scenes leaked!

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Check out the Star Trek thread for links!

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 6:31 p.m. CST

    2 Words...they are "Ridley" and "Scott"

    by MJohnson

    He was doing Dune when his brother died and he had to back out - as a result, Lynch picked it up, and we ended up with Blade Runner instead. Now it's time for the master to return to the sand...

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 6:32 p.m. CST

    is the book really that good?

    by Spazatronik2000

    I've never understood the hype. Sandworms. Big fucking deal? This is another flop waiting to happen.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 6:33 p.m. CST

    HEY, GENTILE.

    by Hyphin

    that sounded weird...<p> ANYWAY, Verbinski! NICE. That's actually very intriguing.<p>I did find that last to be pretty much a walkthrough of directors you like. Which is cool, no hating here. I'm a fan of most of 'em too. I just chuckled when I thought about Martin Campbell directing Dune, for some reason. But no, yah, Gore Verbinski. Good one.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Spazatronic2000

    by kwisatzhaderach

    It's a classic. I've read it 5 or 6 times, always something new to be caught. Give it a try if you've never read it.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Hey Everybody Lets Praise Avatar

    by Trannyformers_Apologist

    Come on join the crowd! It's G R E A T!!!

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 6:37 p.m. CST

    Spaza

    by Hyphin

    You know what. Maybe I'll get feces thrown at me for saying this, but I'm not really into it either. Really. The book. However. As I was reading it, I felt that hidden in there somewhere was a very, very epic sci-fi masterpiece. Lots of people aren't into Lord of the Rings the book, but ARE into Lord of the Rings the movie. I personally find those people to be ridiculous, but hey. But yah, I felt there was something really fun and special in Dune, even if the book didn't grab me. If you stick with it, it's got some really cinematic stuff up it's sleeve.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 6:39 p.m. CST

    I love both their choices...

    by andrew coleman

    Either is fine with me.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Tranny

    by kwisatzhaderach

    You're going to look like a total fool come Dec 18th.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 6:42 p.m. CST

    Oh boy.

    by Kurgan

    Lynch's version was pretty much horrendous. Miscast left and right, and the story veered *so* far away from the books it was not even funny. Read the books, they read almost like a screenplay, for gods' sake! Think about the introduction of Baron Harkonnen in the books!

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 6:44 p.m. CST

    Hyphin...the feces will be flicked at you. Vigorously.

    by FlickaPoo

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 6:44 p.m. CST

    I like DUNE '84

    by Logan_1973

    I could give two shits about what got changed from the books. The movie stands alone and well.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 6:46 p.m. CST

    can they replace the worms and desert

    by Spazatronik2000

    with giant alien monsters on a cool looking alien planet? I just can't get excited about worms and sand. Sorry

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Wish Peter Jackson would give Dune the same treatment

    by chromedome

    and attention to detail that made LOTR so good.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Tranny Dickhead

    by TurdontheRun

    You missed an opportunity to regale us all with another one of your 'lists'. I'm dissapointed.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Oh. My. God.

    by blakindigo

    You know what I'm talking 'bout (if not ask kwisatzhaderach). You'll know why when you see it…

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Back to "Dune"

    by blakindigo

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 6:54 p.m. CST

    blakindigo

    by kwisatzhaderach

    How amazing is that?!

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 6:55 p.m. CST

    I wish the complete storyboards by Mobius and crew

    by blakindigo

    were available to purchase.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 6:56 p.m. CST

    Crap effects, etc.

    by AsimovDiedOfAIDS

    Let's remember that Lynch was saddled with Dino De Laurentiis' crack team of Italian FX "maestros". It could have been A LOT worse, believe me. Still, even for the mid-80's, the FX did blow. Especially laughable was the Sandworms, which looked like dick-like sock puppets operated by a crew member with his arm stuck through a hole cut in the bottom of a sand box. "Justa overcrank the a-camera, the worm'll looka big an'a slow an'a the audience won't knowa the diff'rence."

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 6:59 p.m. CST

    kwisatzhaderach…

    by blakindigo

    I'm…Believe me I'm into this movie anyway, AND I've seen the 15 min presentation in 3D (twice). But…seriously, this is, at least on a visual level, truly EPIC.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 7 p.m. CST

    blakindigo

    by kwisatzhaderach

    I know. WOW. Every shot is a beauty. And it has real feeling as well. This film is going to be massive. The media have failed again in underestimating Cameron.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 7 p.m. CST

    Peter Jackson....Terry Gilliam

    by BIG_BAD_WOLF_IN_CAPS

    Jackson did LOTR well because he was able to make 3 books into 3 movies. How could he do Dune, which is 3 books (Dune, Muad'dib, The Prophet, when it's condensed into one film? People rag on the Sci Fi Channel versions, but the fact is, they split up each episode of that mini series and dedicated to one of the books. And, I only skimmed the thread of the talkback, but has nobody mentioned Terry Gilliam?

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Harry Calder

    by BIG_BAD_WOLF_IN_CAPS

    Good call on Frakes. He directed the best of the Star Trek films.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 7:03 p.m. CST

    BIG_BAD_WOLF_IN_CAPS

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Frakes directed Thunderbirds.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 7:03 p.m. CST

    TERRY GILLIAM

    by Octaveaeon

    Surprised no one has mentioned him yet. <p> Arronofsky also has the propers skills and mindset to do the story justice. <p> And Guillermo del Toro.<p> And most probably Christopher Nolan.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Yawn...

    by CaptainBass

    Who cares? Dune is some boring-ass shite.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 7:05 p.m. CST

    I never do this–

    by blakindigo

    — but, this movie will make about $295 million in the U.S. Probably about $320-$350 million internationally. I'm being conservative (if I'm wrong, I'll own it but for now, I'm going with that).

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 7:05 p.m. CST

    Bad Wolf

    by Octaveaeon

    Funny, eh. No mention of Gilliam during the whole thread, until now.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 7:06 p.m. CST

    ...I'm still pushing Jean Pierre Juenet. Watch CITY OF LOST...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...CHILDREN again. I'm telling you.<P>He'd need a good script though. He's another mostly visuals guy.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 7:06 p.m. CST

    Mel Gibson? Are you on crack?

    by AsimovDiedOfAIDS

    I can see it now, instead of red hair, the Harkonnens all have big noses and wear yamulkes. Uh... no. Let Gibson direct Passion of the Christ 2: Woke Up In This Tomb With a Resurrection Like a Horse or some shit.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 7:07 p.m. CST

    blakindigo

    by kwisatzhaderach

    I think you're being conservative. This could be Star Wars for a new generation of kids. They're going to lap it up. <p> Anyways midnight here in the UK so have to head. See you tomo for some Cameron love!

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Be well, kwisatzhaderach…

    by blakindigo

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 7:08 p.m. CST

    ...ha!, righteous raging back from the dead morning wood?

    by FlickaPoo

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 7:10 p.m. CST

    Any French director...

    by AsimovDiedOfAIDS

    ... would give it that "1980's cyberpunk/Moebius/Metal Hurlant" look. Cool, but is that the right visualization for Dune? Hmmm....

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 7:11 p.m. CST

    Spazatronik2000

    by the_shogun_gunslinger

    Harry ban this spamming piece of shit

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 7:12 p.m. CST

    ...fuck it. Just have Lynch do it again. Same set design...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...and art director too.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 7:14 p.m. CST

    For sure, those 3 days he was dead?

    by AsimovDiedOfAIDS

    Dreaming about his face buried in Mary Magdelene's red carpet the whole time.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 7:15 p.m. CST

    if terry gilliam tries to direct this

    by Nerd_Rage_Retard_Strength

    it will never get made. i love gilliam, but he is cursed. i know you will all shit a brick when i say this but the Niel Blomkamp (sp?) should direct it. give it that realism to counteract the extreme fantasy of the books.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 7:16 p.m. CST

    Gotta agree with "MJohnson", Ridley Scott really is the truth.

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    Too bad he's not gonna do it.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 7:17 p.m. CST

    Skip the remake and move right to the Sequel

    by George Newman

    I'd be afraid that it wouldnt make 175 Million at the box office. good grief

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 7:18 p.m. CST

    ...plus rogor mortis!...don't forget.

    by FlickaPoo

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 7:18 p.m. CST

    ...make that "rigor"^

    by FlickaPoo

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 7:21 p.m. CST

    Frakes

    by Phategod2

    I would have said Hell No to Jonathan Frakes But After What possibly say the greatest episode of Dollhouse last week, Anythings possible.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 7:25 p.m. CST

    frakes directed 'first contact'

    by Nerd_Rage_Retard_Strength

    the best star trek movie ever! (barring nostalgia for 'wrath of kahn'. he could do a great job with dune!

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 7:26 p.m. CST

    Mel Gibson would be great for this

    by CountryBoy

    The story is right up his alley: it has violence, an exotic culture, an extreme environment, religious/messianic themes...

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 7:26 p.m. CST

    i love me some space zombies

    by Nerd_Rage_Retard_Strength

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Ridley Scott!...Ridley Scott!...Ridley Scott!...

    by blackmantis

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 7:39 p.m. CST

    Fremen=Taliban

    by Gorehog

    And this is why there cannot be a good Dune movie.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 7:56 p.m. CST

    The SciFi miniseries approach with the feature film's

    by chromedome

    cast and production values would have been great.<p>SciFi suffered from limited budget, and so the great battle scenes were 12 guys punching each other (not unlike Monty Python's Ladies' Historical Society Re-Enactments of Famous Battles). Some of the SciFi casting was good, but some was mind-bogglingly bad (a FAT fremen?).<p> The production values of the film were superb, the epic look and feel was there, and the casting was mostly fantastic.<p>Give Jackson a series of films and a budget, then get the hell out of his way, leave him alone, and await the magic.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 8:24 p.m. CST

    Get Alphonse Cuaron

    by zinc_chameleon

    he weirded out Harry Potter, and made the running sequence in Children of Men some of the scariest combat on film. I'd love to see him make the Fremen believable, which up until now they haven't been. Too much talk about how dangerous they are, but not much show.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 8:28 p.m. CST

    DONT LET THE DOOR HIT YOU IN THE ASS HACK

    by DangerDave

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 8:53 p.m. CST

    A good, big-budget Dune would be very cool

    by veritasses

    but it might be hard turning it into something that would appeal to the mainstream, let alone coming up with something franchise worthy.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 9:11 p.m. CST

    NORA EPHRON

    by HoffmanPasander

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    NANCY MEYERS

    by HoffmanPasander

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 9:12 p.m. CST

    ADAM SHANKMAN

    by HoffmanPasander

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 9:12 p.m. CST

    KENNY ORTEGA

    by HoffmanPasander

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 9:13 p.m. CST

    BEEBAN KIDRON

    by HoffmanPasander

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Seriously though...

    by HoffmanPasander

    What the fuck happened to Kinka Usher? Dude made Mystery Men and hasn't been seen since. Is he dead?

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 9:16 p.m. CST

    The original had great music

    by HoffmanPasander

    The remake won't. It'll have some Middle Eastern woman wailing over some Media Ventures beats.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 9:30 p.m. CST

    I really think Eric Serra needs to do the music.

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    That whole industrial world music thing he does would suit Dune perfectly I think.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 9:32 p.m. CST

    Eric Serra

    by HoffmanPasander

    Good suggestion, Genteel Gentile. GoldenEye and Leon had tits soundtracks. The original's music was so mint because it was very cold and distant, despite being epic. I always thought of the original Dune as being like the anti-Star Wars. It was kind of depressing and weird and creepy and made you not want to live in that world. It boggled my young mind at the time. The music helped achieve this. I just dread some goddamned bombastic Riddick-style piece of shit. Fans of the book claim Lynch fucked it up, but I don't give a fuck because the Lynch version is largely the tits. If not in story n'shit, at least in MOOD and ATMOSPHERE. It's some trippy shit.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 9:35 p.m. CST

    These Direct TV ads are fucking atrocious

    by YackBacker

    The one with the dead guy- Farley... wow, Davis Spade should kill himself.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 9:36 p.m. CST

    CHRIS FARLEY DIED!!

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Yet, he's in a fucking ad.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 9:40 p.m. CST

    HAIL SATAN!

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

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    HAIL SATAN!

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    HAIL SATAN!

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    HAIL SATAN!

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    HAIL SATAN!

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    HAIL SATAN!

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    HAIL SATAN!

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    HAIL SATAN!

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  • Oct. 28, 2009, 9:42 p.m. CST

    anyone think we could get Peter Weir interested in Dune?

    by Rhuragh

    A Peter Weir directed Dune might be interesting. He definitely has the ability to really make the social commentary angle of Dune shine. <BR><BR>Also, Gorehog, you are a fucking moron. Dune is a quintessential piece of science fiction at its best. And science fiction at its best is social commentary dressed up in a futuristic setting. The whole fucking point of the books is that yes, the Fremen are basically Arabs. The Spice and water are both treated as Oil. That's the whole fucking point, you retard.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 9:50 p.m. CST

    just let it die.. no movie... do TV

    by MurderMostFowl

    Dune is suited so much more for a TV series than a movie anyway. SyyyyFyyy did that a few years back, not completely ineptly. It was rather humorous that the TV effects were better than the original Dune Movie's effects IMHO<BR><BR> How no one has the guts to put up the money for a TV show which has me baffled since the stories in the series are far superior to Lost or BSG.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 9:51 p.m. CST

    What's with the Peter Berg hate?

    by criticalbliss

    Friday Night Lights, The Rundown, and The Kingdom are all very good films, and quite different from one another. I think, as an action director, he could have added a necessary realism and visceral impact to Dune (which can sometimes get lost in it's own musings). Though I love the idea of Blokamp. <p> Still, Francis Lawrence might be an even better choice provided the cgi is up to snuff.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Spazatronik2000... symbolism

    by MurderMostFowl

    Much of Dune is symbolism or references about fighting about religion, the middle east, Oil, modernizing nations, nation building in the 60's/70's by the US and UK. Arab nation formation ala Lawrence of Arabia, drugs, selling your soul for money/power etc. <BR><BR> A serious stab at a TV series might be able to bring this out a little better. So far the Movie and the Syyyfyy version focussed a little too much on the fantasy aspect, but then again that's what most people like about dune, and thy skip over the subtext.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 10:05 p.m. CST

    WoW

    by SoylentGreenOnACracker

    I guess I'm just really surprised by all the love for Lynch's version. I remember leaving the theatre pissed. And I love Lynch's work. Maybe my expectations as a kid who loved those books so damn much was just too high. Sounds like I need to revisit...

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 10:11 p.m. CST

    This will NEVER be a good movie, read the books!

    by br1947

    The 84 version pretty much captured the action part of it, but the depth of the characterizations and symbolism are completely lost in film. Absolutely no way

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 10:16 p.m. CST

    Gorehog = You get the "Most Obvious" Award

    by Playkins

    Wow, accomplished bit of analysis to detect that the Fremen are an allegory to middle-eastern religious fundamentalists. It may also be of surprise for you to know that the real theme of the book is the manipulation of those same people by outsiders (westerners). No. Fucking. WAY! I know, I'm as amazed as anyone else that science fiction often deals with modern social and political themes through allusion.<P> All kidding aside, I'm very anxious to see how whichever director that takes on the project reflects modern ideas on the subject. Hopefully this will be a smart movie, and not try to turn it into Star Wars like Lynch's version did.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 10:16 p.m. CST

    The director of Dune should be...(drum roll please)

    by fassbinder79

    PAUL VERHOEVEN Make it happen! Black Book was a masterpiece. And he has proven time and time again that he is at home with sci-fi and big budgets. The money ALWAYS winds up on screen with the guy. My second choice for the job (drum roll please)... Music video director Chris Cunningham (of Rubber Johnny) fame. A bit of risk since he hasn't made a feature yet as far as I know but he's made plenty of music videos and commercials and again the money shows up on screen in his work.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 10:24 p.m. CST

    Peter Weir

    by Octaveaeon

    Another excellent choice. He's busy with the post-production of his latest movie 'The Way Back'. This also happens to be his latest since 'Master and Commander,' a movie which had some of the best and most believable battle sequences that I've seen in a long time, and in no small part due to the tension it captured through good old-fashioned acting and casting, instead of hyper-editing and unnecessary special effects. <p> 'The Way Back' comes out in 2010.<p> The announcement of a Peter Weir directed 'Dune' would not only make it easily one of the most anticipated projects, it would also give fans and admirers of the Dune books confidence that the material will be handed with respect. And it would have great appeal among larger audiences, insofar Peter Weir is a highly respected director with an enviable resumé, but also a director that has demonstrated that with the proper material (e.g. The Truman Show) can bring in the bucks.<p> That said, I'd also like to propse the idea of having some of the other directors mentioned to direct the later books up to Chapterhouse Dune (not the crap that his son Brian wrote), since the books are largely different in scope and could thus lend themselves to different directorial styles and narrative emphasis. But with an important caveat: trying to make each adaptation surpass each other in terms of action or 'epicness' would completely undermine the whole project, since they do not all follow the neat narrative and plot progressions Hollywood and most audiences have come to expect out of their franchises. The later Dune books hecome more ambitious in terms of the ideas they illustrate, not necessarily in terms of action. That's not to say that it isn't there - it is - but just occupies less space and isn't as neatly and conventionally integrated into the plot as in the first book.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 10:26 p.m. CST

    After seeing "Red Cliff" last week...

    by Dasinfogod

    ...I'm thinkin' one of the few filmmakers walking this planet who can do justice to the size and scope of Frank Herbert's vision is John Woo. While we're at it, I'll nominate Chow Yun Fat as Gurney Halleck. I think Lucas' original plan for STAR WARS had an all Asian cast - why not give it a shot with the original source material, eh? Paramount would never foot the bill, though...

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 10:30 p.m. CST

    After seeing "Red Cliff" last week...

    by Dasinfogod

    ...I'm thinkin' one of the few filmmakers walking this planet who can do justice to the size and scope of Frank Herbert's vision is John Woo. While we're at it, I'll nominate Chow Yun Fat as Gurney Halleck. I think Lucas' original plan for STAR WARS had an all Asian cast - why not give it a shot with the original source material, eh? Paramount would never foot the bill, though...

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 10:46 p.m. CST

    Paul Atreides: Charlie Hunnam?

    by dailysportspages

    Paul Atreides: Charlie Hunnam<br> Duke Leto: Viggo Mortensen<br> Gurney Halleck: Pierce Brosnan<br> Duncan Idaho: Thomas Jane<br> Feyd-Rautha: Jared Leto<br> Dr Yueh: Ralph Fiennes<br> Lady Jessica: Monica Bellucci<br> Chani: Mary Elizabeth Winstead<br> Emperor Shaddam IV: Frank Langella<br> Piter Devries: Jeremy Davies<br> Liet-Kynes: Sharlto Copley<br> Baron Vladimir: Timothy Spall<br> Thufir Hawat: Christopher Lambert <br> Gaius Helen Mohiam: Helen Mirren<br> Stilgar: Vincent Regan <br>

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 10:53 p.m. CST

    Gilliam was made for Dune

    by picardsucks

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 10:56 p.m. CST

    Octaveaeon

    by cgih8r

    Agreed but then again Peter Weir would be an excellent choice for any film. I don't know if Dune deserves his caliber.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 11:11 p.m. CST

    This may be (very) good...

    by Citizen Sane

    But Brett Rattner? No way... he'd ruin it. I would like to see what Gore Verbinski would do with it. But it will probably be given to one of the "latest" it boys, like Oren Peli or something.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 11:18 p.m. CST

    Dune Could Work If Done With LOTR's Like Commitment

    by FreeBeer

    Three films back to back. Whoever gets the directing gig doesn't concern me so much as who's writting the screen adaptation. Get a killer screen writer and a director with a vision and could be one of THE great trilogies. The source material has been mined and ripped off by enough sci fi movies over the years, time for its own epic faithful adaptation.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 11:18 p.m. CST

    The person that could really do it some justice...

    by Citizen Sane

    ... would be Peter Jackson. He and Phillipa Boyens have proven quite good at adapting in-depth narrative prose to the screen. But that will never happen (unfortunately).

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 11:18 p.m. CST

    Alfonso Cuaron

    by Christopher3

    He should do it.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 11:19 p.m. CST

    Picard doesn't suck

    by BIG_BAD_WOLF_IN_CAPS

    but Gilliam is the best name mentioned.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 11:23 p.m. CST

    Speilberg!! Why Not Give It To Speilberg???

    by FreeBeer

    So's he can have a sci fi flick or series to rival Lucas'. He's been trying it for years lets give him a break. (Although, I do prefer Close Encounters to any Star Wars flick, never was a fan, shoot me if you must.)

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 11:24 p.m. CST

    FreeBeer

    by the_box_drone

    Dune Could *ONLY* Work If Done With LOTRs-Like Commitment

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 11:26 p.m. CST

    Alfonso Cuaron for sure...

    by TheWaqman

    wow I can't believe I forgot about him. He's a good director.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 11:28 p.m. CST

    And please...

    by the_box_drone

    Could we have a young Paul for once? Isn't he supposed to be like, 12? Give us a compromise at least with a 16 year old - Even an 18 year old... just not another 30 year old "boy" for gods sake! Think about it from a business perspective... You could be the first adaptation of Dune to get an article in Tiger Beat! (?)

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 11:32 p.m. CST

    Joderowsky's Version...

    by the_box_drone

    ...would have been amazing, and undoubtedly better than either of the versions we got - but it wouldn't have actually been "Dune" by any stretch of the imagination.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 11:37 p.m. CST

    Speilberg would ..

    by Citizen Sane

    ...sugar coat the hell out of it and tack on some nonsensical 3rd act straight out of his "here is how to ruin a great Phillip K Dick story" method of film making.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 11:45 p.m. CST

    Octaveaeon, I'd prefer Weird make another Aubrey film

    by YackBacker

    And *then*, if there's still a chance, DUNE.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 11:45 p.m. CST

    Citizen Sane, Not Necessarily

    by FreeBeer

    He is capable of "dark", let say he approaches the material with his Schindler's List or Munich hat on. Hell War Of The Worlds though impressive for only about the first 50mins give or take was plenty dark. Think he has it in him, would be great to see the old guy make another all time great, it's been some time. I somehow doubt Tin Tin will be the return to form we've all been waiting for. Seriously though, if he pulled it off it would make for epic Lucas' Star Wars Vs. Speilberg's Dune talkbacks.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 11:45 p.m. CST

    Dune had awesome effects!

    by BBSloth

    It was cutting edge for it's time. the stillsuits were great

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 11:51 p.m. CST

    And Terry Gilliam....

    by FreeBeer

    ....LOVE Gilliam, think we could well get a great movie, but can't see himm doing a faithful adaptation, his signiture is too distinct it would be more of an inspired by Dune psychotic skull f&*k. As I loved Fear & Loathing, but it was nowhere near reflective of the source material.

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 11:53 p.m. CST

    Heh, Frakes

    by Toonol

    I gotta admit, he did a damn good job directing his episode of Dollhouse last week. Of course, that to DUNE is a big leap...<p> That mention of Mel Gibson got me thinking. He's proven himself an excellent director, and can do epic. Hmm.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 12:19 a.m. CST

    ~Chris Nolan's Dune

    by FreeBeer

    I'll reserve judgement until after Inception is released, see how he handles a big Sci Fi movie.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 12:40 a.m. CST

    DEL TORO'S DUNE!!

    by lockesbrokenleg

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 12:58 a.m. CST

    crap effects? I beg to differ...

    by Zardoz

    They were state-of-the-art when it was made and most of them hold up pretty well today, I think. I like Lynch's Dune. It's not perfect but it's better than anything we'll get now, I bet...

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 1:14 a.m. CST

    dailysportspages

    by Rhuragh

    Wow, that's some pretty good casting. I'm really impressed, especially with Charlie Hunnam was Paul. Quite an inspired choice. I'm not too sure about your Chani or Baron Harkonnen though. I have absolutely no clue who should play Chani, but the Baron should be either Ian McNeice again (you can't argue with what a great job he did in the Sci-fi series), or possibly Pruitt Taylor Vince (imagine Baron Harkonnen with nystagmus...that would probably add to the "creepy" factor). If they go for a really big budget adaptation, they'll probably cast someone like Keira Knightley for Chani. Ugh. Oh, I'd also like to add Meryl Streep or Judi Dench as Gaius Helen Mohiam.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 1:20 a.m. CST

    Alfonso Cuaron

    by Rhuragh

    Cuaron would be a beautiful choice too, but in the eyes of the studios he's probably verboten for sci-fi given the box office failure of Children of Men. Never mind it's one of the best and most intelligent & nuanced sci-fi films of the decade, and exactly the kind of thing you want on your resume prior to doing something like Dune.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 1:32 a.m. CST

    Cancel the project.

    by Kontarsky

    I don't want to see some dipshit ruining Piter de Vries for the umpteenth time. Timothy Spall would make a rubbish Fenring...to be honest I liked the Miroslav Taborsky guy as him. <p>I implore you Hollywood, don't ruin my beloved Dune. You won't be forgiven this time around. Can't they find another children's book series to ruin or something? Dune's too cerebral for their plebeian audiences.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 1:35 a.m. CST

    FreeBeer

    by Citizen Sane

    I have to agree with your good points. But I will never understand what he was trying to do with Minority Report, and cannot help but think what Kubrick originally had in mind with Artificial Intelligence. It always seems to me that he has to turn a story with even just a few fantasy or sci fi elements into some variation of Pinocchio or Peter Pan. If he were to take on Dune, it just seems to me that he would not be able to resist turning the Fremen into dashing heroes instead cunning, scrappy warriors or somehow find a way to make the sandworms cute.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 1:37 a.m. CST

    Nolan and Del Toro would be good choices indeed.

    by Citizen Sane

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 2:03 a.m. CST

    James Camaron or Ridley Scott

    by RedJester

    Although that nutjob Mel Gibson, I hate to say it, would probably make a very good Dune as well.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 2:32 a.m. CST

    Ridley for the win

    by cineninja

    I think Ridley Scott has to be the one to do this as I dont think Uwe Boll is available.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 2:37 a.m. CST

    Peter Jackson THIS IS RIGHT UP YOUR ALLEY!

    by lockesbrokenleg

    I wanna see PJ do a crafty ass sci fi project.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 4 a.m. CST

    I'm normally one to shill Marshall for everything

    by Lost Jarv

    but this is not his sensibility. <P>Fox, if you're reading- Neil Marshall + Cyberpunk Survival Horror Alien + Wizard of Oz Storyline= GOLD. <P>Me and Conti will even write it for you, for the price of 2% of the gross, high class hookers and enough blow to kill Tony Montana.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 4:51 a.m. CST

    Character Driven, Fantasy Epic = Peter Jackson

    by KillaKane

    Jacko & Walsh doing tripped out Sci-Fi, could only begin to imagine the jaw dropping spectacle.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 5:24 a.m. CST

    Imagination Failure= Peter Jackson

    by Lost Jarv

    that is the least interesting suggestion of all of them.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 5:52 a.m. CST

    Give it to Jodorowsky

    by The_Ad_Wizard_Who_Came_Up_With_This_One

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 6:17 a.m. CST

    Give it to J. J. Abrams...

    by argos_and_the_laminated_book_of_dreams

    Just for the sole reason of watching AsimovLives head explode...

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 6:35 a.m. CST

    Lost Jarv that has to be about the most fatuous statement made o

    by KillaKane

    Futile in debating the creative abilities of Peter Jackson with you, if you glibly dismiss his output to be devoid of imagination. Yes, I'm sure there are a raft of viable 'interesting' choices (as I'd considered in my earlier TB above) but a big studio high budget franchise like Dune won't be handed over to any left field director, it'll no doubt be a mainstream and commercially proven shooter.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 6:43 a.m. CST

    Just give it to Michael Bay ffs

    by ominus

    he made successful movie with GIANT FUCKING ROBOTS,so i am pretty sure he will be able to make successful movies with GIANT FUCKING WORMS.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 6:54 a.m. CST

    Who takes his place? David Lynch of course.

    by ricarleite2

    Let him try again.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 7:04 a.m. CST

    Fuck It!! I'll do it!!!!

    by Gabba-UK

    Im 37 and i've read dune at least 40 times. Made some home movies..... what ever I do, it'll be 100 times better than what Berg or Ratner could do. Peter Jackson and Ridely Scott get my vote.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Where's the Tony Scott/Chippendale movie TB?

    by Droid

    Make it happen!!!

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 7:51 a.m. CST

    Verhoeven, I'd love to see him do one more sci-fi

    by Mr Gorilla

    But it might not end up as a faithful adaptation...

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 8 a.m. CST

    How to make the perfect Dune flick

    by Droid

    Starring, directed, produced, written, photographed, camera operated, edited, catered, distributed by.... <P>JON HAMM!!!! <p>Thought it needed to be said since it's been at least 6 seconds since some nerd pronounced his undying love for this bloke.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 8 a.m. CST

    The Book is Unfilmable

    by _Maltheus_

    <p>The books are all about what the characters are thinking, and you can't really film that. I liked the 84 film, but if that's all I saw, I wouldn't understand the hype over Dune.</p> <p>Mel Gibson would be a great choice to direct, but the stories might be too dismissive of faith for him. And it's not a human enough story. Muad'dib might as well be a different species. The Warchowskis, on their best day, could pull it off.</p> <p>As for feminists being dismissive of the story??? I don't think there had ever been a work of fiction that has painted women in a stronger light. That may have been lost in the movie, but it's on every page of the books.</p>

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Way to misunderstand me, asshead,

    by Lost Jarv

    To nominate jackson shows a lack of imagination from the person doing the nominating. <P>Not the man himself.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Was'nt exactly implicit in your header...Fuckstain

    by KillaKane

    You're obviously an intellect to be reckoned with...for a third grader at any rate. Either way you're an arrogant twat.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Jodorowsky or no one else!

    by Sith Witch

    Please Paramount! Here's the chance to completely remedy one of cinema's most egregious "might-have-beens" by asking the man himself, Jodorowsky to step in and bring his very strong vision to the world. With the Rainbow Thief he proved he can work well within a studio, with big name actors.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Mobius, Foss, Geiger and Dali's designs for Jorodowsky's Dune

    by KillaKane

    were superb, unlikely he'll get a second shot at directing tho, but it'd be a coup to retain some of the visual pre-production elements of his vision.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 9:46 a.m. CST

    Arrogant twat, actually

    by Lost Jarv

    but thanks anyway. If you weren't so quick to squeal like a stuck pig when you think (erroneously) that Jackson's being maligned then you may have asked for a clarification.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Bring on Jodorowsky!

    by 0007

    Please please please please! With sugar on top?

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Jarv, If you had a firmer grasp on syntax...

    by KillaKane

    ..you could have avoided any ambiguity in the first place. BTW: What makes you think you deserve a capital A? or is 'Arrogant twat' your official title?

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Danny Boyle anyone?

    by ndoty_sa

    Skipped ahead, so I don't know if anyone said it first, but I loved Sunshine...

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Sorry, RevengeofFett

    by ndoty_sa

    Didn't see your Danny Boyle comment

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 10:40 a.m. CST

    KillaKane

    by Droid

    "What makes you think you deserve a capital A?" <P>Wouldn't the answer be the correct use of punctuation?

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Err..no Droid, and here's why...(hyuck!)

    by KillaKane

    Punctuation = is everything in written language other than the actual letters or numbers, white space, and indentation, i.e common symbol Orthography (",.:;!?). To capitalize the 'A 'in Arrogant twat would only be necessary if it were at the beginning of a sentence, a title or place/name or for emphasis (but this would likely be in caps). So Jarv gets a contemptuous lower case a.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 11:10 a.m. CST

    'A' does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Arrogant twat WAS at the beginning of the sentence. So you're arguing against yourself?<p> Can't wait to see what happens next. Grammatical flame wars are my favorite.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 11:17 a.m. CST

    NO it was'nt Cobra, it has to be the leading letter of a sentenc

    by KillaKane

    Jesus, what's happening to us??! We're film geeks! this is turning into a feckin' grammar seminar! BTW: Anyone out there read Strunk and White's 'Elements of Style? ;-P

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Now who can spot the mistake in my last post?

    by KillaKane

    A gold star to the geek who does!

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 11:24 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    I can spot the mistake. You disagreed with the dojo. Now give me my gold fucking star!

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Humble apologies Sensei, I must atone for my crime...

    by KillaKane

    and cut off my Chuck Norris Mullet-tail to appease the Dojo. Forgive my impulsive anger, but bad grammar is the path to cage-rage.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 11:37 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Burn your mullet upon the altar of shame and inhale deeply.<p> Ahhh. The cleansing stench of burning hair. Your penitence is real.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Director suggestion...

    by Embeedeuce

    How about Greg Yaitanes the director of Children of Dune.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 11:46 a.m. CST

    You, on the other hand, are clearly a stupid cunt.

    by Lost Jarv

    Self pwnership is always hilarious. <P>Arrogant was the first word in the sentence. Ergo, I capitalised it.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 11:46 a.m. CST

    "Now who can spot the mistake in my last post?"

    by Droid

    You opened an apostrophe but didn't close it. <p>The Gold Star still goes to Cobra though. <P>And it was correct use of punctuation because it was the beginning of a sentence. <p>GRAMMAR WAR!!! DICTIONARIES AND POCKET PROTECTORS AT THE READY!!!

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 11:50 a.m. CST

    GRAMMAR Does not exist in this dojo

    by Series7

    Grammar's for old ladies and fags.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 11:55 a.m. CST

    dune is a paper thin metaphor

    by Nerd_Rage_Retard_Strength

    for the situation in the middle east. boring. not interested.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 11:55 a.m. CST

    BLOMKAMP, +1

    by LimpdickSherlock

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Why all these "action" director suggestions?

    by MJohnson

    If you just can't handle the idea of a movie version true to the psychological, moral, and political complexities of the book, then fuck off. Turning Dune into a Baysplosion fest would literally make me projectile vomit my internal organs all over the back of your simplistic heads in the theater. And I WILL sit behind you. Action is part of the story, not the focus of the story. We NEED sophistication to make this work. Wait a minute...screw it. Let's get Uwe Boll.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 12:19 p.m. CST

    This Dojo has been cleansed...

    by KillaKane

    ...Grammar is for old ladies, fags and linguistic professors .

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Gilliam Gilliam Gilliam

    by picardsucks

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Or perhaps, KillaKane, it is all those things

    by Lost Jarv

    but only when you're wrong? <P>Whoops.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 12:30 p.m. CST

    IF JODOROWSKY

    by notkinski

    DOES IT YOU WILL NEED TO HAND OUT CID OR NO ONE WILL GET IT.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Brian Eno's "Messiah" Theme...

    by Dan Halen

    is top notch. Lynch not only nailed the feel of dune but he expanded on it with new dialog. I know Frank Herbert saw and liked the film. The Sci-Fi Channel mini-series are a joke. The costumes alone are so bad. I couldn't even get through the second mini-series.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Look, we all love Del Toro...

    by Half-Baked-Goggle-Box-Do-Gooder

    ...But NOTHING must delay him doing "At The Mountains Of Madness". Period.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Jarv, let me clarify and clear up your brainfart...

    by KillaKane

    I wasn't disputing/correcting your use of 'A'rrogant but defending the assertion made that I should have used a capital A when I orignally called you an arrogant twat (which still stands btw) and with a slice of miserable prick on the side, forgive me that should be Miserable Prick. A cunt I may be, but thank fuck I'm not you. Snootchies

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Nerd_Rage...

    by MJohnson

    Sometimes people's opinions don't actually need to be respected just because they're someone's opinion...especially when the person is just wrong. As you are, for instance.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Finally some good news.

    by AsimovLives

    Fuck Peter Berg. Fuck him up his fucking ass. Good ridance, asshole.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Raping Frank Herbert's Corpse

    by tensticks

    With Herbert Jr. and the Hack (KJA) behind the screenplay, this will be revisionist drivel. Let it die.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Richard Stanley. But Hollywood would never let him.

    by Ecto-1

    Someone with Peter Jackson's commitment is what they need for this. They need a director who is passionate about the books and commited to adapting them respectfully and faithfully. If Paramount can't find that, then they shouldn't move forward on this as it will fail miserably. I still enjoy David Lynch's version, but mainly for the production design and its style. Most of its FX still hold up really well, especially the Navigator. However, it wasn't a very good adaptation of the book. The TV series that was made was cheap and shit. I've read all about Jodorowsky's version and I'll forever be glad that it never saw the light of day as I have no doubt that it would have been utterly horrendous. Del Torro is a bad choice for this. He's more suited to original material rather than adapting pre-existing stuff. Hellboy II was nothing like the comics and I'm not that excited about him doing the Hobbit, but at least he's got Peter Jackson to prevent him from straying too far from the material. With the names that a lot of you here are throwing out, you're more concerned with the visual style, rather than a director who is able to handle the intricacies of these books. With the political climate that exists within the world today, especially in the middle-east, the war on terror, Holy wars from the east declaired upon the west, the Dune books are frighteningly relevant to the world that we are now living in. The comparison's are undeniable. It's brave of a studio to want to undertake this. And what they need is a writer and director who won't try to dance around these issues. Someone who isn't affraid of them. The Dune books are incredibly political. They're not something to be viewed as your standard summer blockbuster as there's very little action in most of them. Ridley Scott is a solid enough choice, but at the same time he's a very safe choice, if you know what I mean. He's not a director who takes risks and as such I wouldn't be all that excited about him doing this. Ratner is a damn hack, and I pray to the Gods that he never gets his hands on something a weighty as this. Personally, my ideal choice, although I have no idea if he is a fan of the books, would be Richard Stanley. But, he's pretty much blacklisted by Hollywood since he got fucked up the arse by Val Kilmer on Dr. Moreau. Wasn't that Paramount? Oh dear...

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 9:58 p.m. CST

    Enough with Ratner bashing. He is a great director

    by Proman1984

    Enough said.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 11:07 p.m. CST

    Im not really that familiar with Dune

    by TheDark0Knight

    but I think it would be awesome if Aronofsky was given a shot with something that had franchise potential.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 11:11 p.m. CST

    Proman1984...ur either on crack or Brett Raner..

    by TheDark0Knight

    Ratboy is the epitome of a hack, I have enjoyed a couple of his films but its not because of him...If Ratner didn't have Chris Tucker the dude wouldn't have had a career.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 11:25 p.m. CST

    Chris Columbus would be the perfect director for Dune!

    by detinue

    Just kidding!

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 11:29 p.m. CST

    What about the Wachowski Brothers?

    by detinue

    I'm being serious this time.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 11:38 p.m. CST

    Or what about Zack Snyder?

    by detinue

    He did a fine job bringing The Watchmen to the big screen.

  • Oct. 30, 2009, 3:27 a.m. CST

    A stupid self-pwning grammar nazi you are

    by Lost Jarv

    and a complete dipshit as well. Snootchies indeed.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 3:19 a.m. CST

    Hey boys, late to the party but

    by white_vader

    ... I reckon the reason many seem to think the effects were bad is that even though the production design and concepts for the fx were amazing and the actual shots were executed well for the most part, the final optical work went from proficient to bloody awful, which impacts the whole shot/the rest of the work. It is one of the most glaring examples of the potential shortcomings of the optical process both in grading and compositing. Scenes like the one where Paul makes it to the rocks with a worm hot on his tail show how mismatched elements can be even through colour temperature and slight differences in exposure and so on. Shadow/black areas are a complete giveaway with blue,brown and greenish shadows/blacks all clashing horribly. Digital grading and comping has generally made it a thing of the past. <p> Having said that, the dodgy photo/artwork of the tube ship, miscalculated overcranking ratios for the miniatures, the bad roto on the eyes (which wouldn't have looked half as bad with a softer matte) and the wobbly-armed fighting robot WERE all pretty rough. Still, the abstract shields were fantastic. The navigator rocked. The ancient cultural motifs and architectural references (re-used in Riddick to diminishing returns) took sci-fi visuals to a new depth (that's a compliment). The anatomical design of the stillsuit is STILL being done on every genre pic that can get away with it. Personally I love the Harkonnen fighter ship. So different. Visually the film is so RICH and textured. <p> As for adapting the book to film, someone said it above: the book articulates the intrigue and Macchiavellian plotting through internal monologues/thoughts. In something as epic as Dune it would be a joke to do it in voiceover/narration/which is one of the only devices open to you. The thing would come off like a cheap soap opera (which ironically was why I couldn't watch the mini series). Lynch did as well as possible using visual/mental imagery and keeping the voiceovers down. Anyway that's my 2c on it. <p> Oh and I had a hard time believing Alicia Witt grew up to be so foxy - she was freaky in that thing! For he ITHH the Kwittthattthh Haderachhttthh!! Also, MacLachlan was only 22/23 when he did Dune. Not 30.