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Pierre Morel's DUNE Finds Its Writer!!

Merrick here...
Chase Palmer will write the DUNE movie for Pierre Morel (TAKEN, FROM PARIS WITH LOVE, DISTRICT B-13) - so says THIS snippet in Hollywood Reporter. We'd previously learned that Morel is starting from scratch with the project, pretty much doing away with a script developed while Peter Berg was looking to direct this new adaptation. All indications point towards Morel remaining extremely faithful to Frank Herbert's source material. We'll see...
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  • Feb. 11, 2010, 10:10 a.m. CST

    He seems qualified

    by wintersx

    Hope it's good

  • Feb. 11, 2010, 10:13 a.m. CST

    I still have a hard time believing they're doing this...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...the whole venture just seems...misguided.

  • Feb. 11, 2010, 10:15 a.m. CST


    by FlickaPoo

  • Feb. 11, 2010, 10:16 a.m. CST


    by FlickaPoo

  • Feb. 11, 2010, 10:18 a.m. CST


    by greyspecter

    "Taken" guy is doing Dune? Count me out.

  • Feb. 11, 2010, 10:21 a.m. CST


    by Toilet_Terror

    Please don't make another ugly bleach-bypass looking high contrast handheld incoherently edited piece of shit 'scifi' action movie. <p>At least try to make it look good.

  • Feb. 11, 2010, 10:21 a.m. CST


    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    nuff said.

  • Feb. 11, 2010, 10:23 a.m. CST

    ...DISTRICT B(ene Gesserit)-13?...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...that's all I got.

  • Feb. 11, 2010, 10:35 a.m. CST


    by Kontarsky


  • Feb. 11, 2010, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Dune is dead to me

    by NippleEffect

    made the mistake of reading some of the prequels<p> The Butlerian Jihad books<p> Brian Herbert corpse humped his father real good

  • Feb. 11, 2010, 10:39 a.m. CST


    by I_am_Torgo ass

  • Feb. 11, 2010, 10:41 a.m. CST


    by I_am_Torgo

    ..à trois

  • Feb. 11, 2010, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Agreed NippleEffect

    by Kontarsky

    The prequel books are god-awful. Brian and Hack what's his name have no idea what they're doing. The what's his name also writes piss-poor Star Wars books. Really a crime both are still allowed to write.

  • Feb. 11, 2010, 10:47 a.m. CST

    the spice is the worm and the worm is the spice


  • Feb. 11, 2010, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Sam Worthington as a sandworm

    by kabong

    You know it.

  • Feb. 11, 2010, 10:53 a.m. CST

    ...awaiting the Kwisatz Parcour-rach...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...Shortening of the Way...leaping space and time...

  • Feb. 11, 2010, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Chani's Boobies

    by chavee

    I live in Germany and the other night they were showing the Dune mini-series on German TV. One glaring omission on the American TV version was the censorship of Chani's glorious rack. The Czech actress Barbora Kodetov√° that played Chani is freakin hot. They showed her boobies full on. I love me some German TV.

  • Feb. 11, 2010, 10:54 a.m. CST

    ...yeah, but walked right into that one...

    by FlickaPoo should have fuckin' known fuckin' better.

  • Feb. 11, 2010, 11:33 a.m. CST

    Faithful adaptation? Meh....

    by Damned if I can login

    I've 100% completely utterly undeniably absolutely given up that any film adaptation will ever be "faithful".<p>I'll stick to the novel(s). And I'll be satisfied...not I have been with other "adaptations" that shall remain unnamed.<p>Operative word: DISAPPOINTED.

  • Feb. 11, 2010, 11:39 a.m. CST


    by Damned if I can login

    I did a quick image search for Ms. BK...and you are correct saying she's mighty fine. Although a tad bit saggy in some of the likee perky.<p>Oh...and no one need say it, I'd jizz myself if she even looked in my general direction. So there.

  • Feb. 11, 2010, 12:13 p.m. CST


    by bueno_bob

    Don't blame Brian Herbert for it too much...having attended three or four of his and Kevin's signings, I'm almost 100% certain that it's Kevin writing these things exclusively and Brian's simply putting his name on them in order to keep something "Herbert" about it. It's unfortunate that those novels have deteriorated into the morass that they have because the "House" trilogy started out with some promise. Ever since the Butlerian Jihad trilogy though, each one has been progressively worse than the last. Paul of Dune had moments where it wasn't entirely bad, but it was still pretty amateurish dreck, really.

  • Feb. 11, 2010, 12:15 p.m. CST

    And also...

    by bueno_bob

    For anybody wanting to know what a REAL sequel to "Chapterhouse: Dune" would have read like, I highly recommend you google "Dune Revenant". Fan fiction yes, but you'd swear to God that Frank Herbert's spirit possessed the dude that wrote that thing...VERY compelling reading and a much more satisfying conclusion to the saga...

  • Feb. 11, 2010, 12:33 p.m. CST

    The only thing he's done...

    by REVENGE_of_FETT

    Is write and direct a film about Baghdad getting the fuck blown out of it.</P><P>And that's probably fucking perfect for Dune.</p><p>I saw what the fuck, let the new kid take a shot.

  • Feb. 11, 2010, 12:46 p.m. CST

    what about a new Dune RTS?

    by ominus

    come in,the Dune 2 original videogame is the grand-father of the rts genre.

  • Feb. 11, 2010, 1:01 p.m. CST

    This will suck!

    by MainMan2001

    this will be bad. I know this to be true. This guy's other films are bad. Taken was really, really bad with the exception of some ok action sequence but the first 20mins of that film were so badly written and acted that it was hard not to laugh out loud during the pathetic setup for the rest of the film.

  • Feb. 11, 2010, 1:20 p.m. CST

    You guys read the article improperly.

    by Rhuragh

    The credits listed above are for Morel, NOT Palmer. Palmer has three writing credits on IMDB, one of which is still in production, and none of which I have ever heard of before. How anyone can say that it looks like this is moving in the right direction is mystifying to me. The guy has zero work on which we can base that assertion. So, let's reiterate what we have here: an action film director with a resume full of middling films, and an unknown writer with barely any screenwriting experience. Wonderful. Even Sci-fi did a better job at this point in production.

  • Feb. 11, 2010, 1:44 p.m. CST


    by sansara07

    I've read it many times and no film adaptation can do it full justice. They should just leave it alone.

  • Feb. 11, 2010, 1:49 p.m. CST

    sansara07, I disagree...

    by Rhuragh

    I think the Dune series (both of them) were pretty damn good attempts. Hobbled a bit by a low budget, but definitely not terrible. I do think it might be unfilmable under a 2 to 3 hour running time limitation though. A miniseries does seem to be the way to go.

  • Feb. 11, 2010, 1:59 p.m. CST

    chavee, yeah that's on the DVDs

    by MattmanReturns

    So we nudity-fearing Americans weren't completely robbed of her tits, thankfully.

  • Feb. 11, 2010, 2:10 p.m. CST

    will the movie feature

    by jameskpolk

    The kwizatz hat rack?

  • Feb. 11, 2010, 2:29 p.m. CST

    Who is Chase Palmer?

    by kwisatzhaderach

    I predict this new version will make David Lynch look like a genius.

  • Feb. 11, 2010, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Doesn't matter if he does a great job of it.....

    by Gabba-UK

    Everyone of us is going to watch it and wish it was Ridley Scott doing it.

  • Feb. 11, 2010, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Lawrence of Arabia

    by SmokingRobot

    Absolutely. IT'S THE DESERT. IT'S BRIGHT. Not dark like David Lynch's ridiculous, ugly film.

  • Feb. 11, 2010, 2:52 p.m. CST

    Shock and Awe by Chase Palmer

    by MacReady452

    also the fan reaction from his attachment to Dune. Who the fuck is this dude?

  • Feb. 11, 2010, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Chase Palmer's longest

    by Ollegs

    film was 10 minutes. I have a gut feeling Dune is going to clock in at a bit more than that. This is not a good sign.

  • Feb. 11, 2010, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Extremely tough to do right

    by ravenloff

    I suffered through all of the books in the Dune series expecting each to get better than the last. I was disappointed as they get less entertaining rather than more. That being said, Dune and Children Of Dune are the best from a movie-making point of view. Dune has been attempted twice now. Once horribly and once by SyFy who's attempt was at least admirable given the first. Now, we've got a chance for big-budget WOW, but I'm betting it will be a popgun, not a cannon. They are going to have to do convincing, entertaining way to do the inner monologues or this goes nowhere.

  • Feb. 11, 2010, 5:44 p.m. CST


    by bueno_bob

    It's not impossible to's just highly unlikely that'll it ever be filmed properly. If you put somebody on the project like Peter Jackson or Chris Nolan or Ridley Scott and give them an open ended budget to work from, with a minimum of studio heads putting their fingers in the pie and you'd probably get a pretty decent film out of it. Doesn't look like that's going to be the case here, though.

  • Feb. 11, 2010, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Re: "Dune" Series

    by ArmageddonProductions

    Why not just do at least the first three books, if not "God Emperor", as well, as an HBO miniseries? HBO tends to plunk more dough into their miniseries, plus, they're unrated, plus they're leave the filmmakers alone. Sure, all those historical miniseries are fine and well, but why not drop that dough on a lush sci-fi miniseries?</p><p> Sci-Fi's "Dune" miniseries got the story part right, but lacked the dough (William Hurt was the biggest name they could get?!? Really?!?) to impress audiences, especially after all the money the '85 movie had for sets and costumes. Plus, Harrison failed to do anything visually to keep audiences around. "Children Of Dune" lost the faithfulness to the source material and wound up being both a bad follow-up to the "Dune" miniseries and a bad adaptation on its own (though "Heretics" always seemed like an incomplete novel on its own -- either it should never have been published or it should have been folded into "Children Of Dune"). The kid should have been COVERED with sandtrout, dammit!

  • Feb. 11, 2010, 6:15 p.m. CST


    by bueno_bob

    David Lynch - critically flawed, but what it got right it got REALLY right; Sci Fi - low budget poorly casted suckfest.

  • Feb. 11, 2010, 7:13 p.m. CST

    God Emperor

    by bueno_bob

    If there's a Dune novel that can't (and shouldn't be) filmed, it's God Emperor. 90% of that novel is dialogue and an examination of complete and absolute tyranny on every level with a whiny Duncan Idaho crying about it all. Not a lot of a movie there.

  • Feb. 11, 2010, 8:03 p.m. CST

    God this is gonna suck

    by RedJester

    My two all time favorite science fiction novels (the foundation & Dune) are being directed (and written) by a bunch of incompetent morons! I don't even care if they're huge fans of the source material. It takes more than being a fan to make art. It takes talent, something these guys seem to lack in spades.

  • Feb. 11, 2010, 9:28 p.m. CST

    "I don't know, this looks bad, what has he done?"

    by white_vader

    If it were up to you guys, not only would no-one ever get another chance after making a pedestrian movie, they'd never get a shot in the first place. You do realise how stupid it is to argue they shouldn't do something because you don't know if theycan or have done something, right? Of course you don't. <p> The irony is you all sound EXACTLY like the suits you all profess to hate.

  • Feb. 12, 2010, 1:08 a.m. CST


    by Ecto-1

    A director who's work is average at best. And a writer who's done fuck all. Great.

  • Feb. 12, 2010, 1:56 a.m. CST

    The people involved don't seem to have the goods.

    by Droogie Alex

    "It is by will alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the juice of Safu that thoughts acquire speed, the lips acquire stains the stains become a warning. It is by will alone I set my mind in motion."

  • Feb. 12, 2010, 5:45 a.m. CST


    by white_vader

    And on it goes... hilarious Ecto and Alex!