They say that ‘he who controls the spice controls the universe.’ Well, so much for that. After four years of development Paramount has given up on spice altogether, letting their option expire on Frank Herbert’s science fiction classic Dune. There goes the universe, Paramount. There goes the universe….
It would not have been the first adaptation of the classic novel about… lots of complicated stuff, if we’re being honest… David Lynch’s troubled 1984 feature was critically panned but eventually found a cult following. The Sci-Fi Channel (back when it allowed itself to be called such a thing) released two reasonably popular mini-series – Frank Herbert’s Dune and Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune – back in 2000 and 2003, respectively.
Paramount’s attempts to revitalize the novel as a feature film led to such directors as Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights) and Pierre Morel (Taken) attaching themselves to the project, but obviously it never worked out. It didn’t work out for cult filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky (Holy Mountain) or Alien‘s Ridley Scott, either: both of their attempts to turn Dune into a feature film fell by the wayside before David Lynch’s 1984 adaptation. Dune‘s just doomed, dude. Deadline reports that Richard B. Rubinstein, who owns the rights to the novels, has not given up on the project, but is unsure whether he’ll start afresh with new material or work with the scripts developed for Paramount.
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