Latest Minor Project Updates on Peter Berg's Dune Reboot
Earlier today we previewed the 14 remaining sci-fi movies of 2009, and although I'm insanely excited for James Cameron's Avatar, the next sci-fi movie on my list that I'm probably most excited for isn't really on there - Dune. Yep, way back in 2007 it was announced that Frank Herbert's masterpiece was going to be adapted once again, this time by The Rundown and Hancock director Peter Berg. I specifically mention The Rundown, because Berg worked with producer Kevin Misher on that film, and Berg and Misher are teaming up again on Dune. Our friends at io9 talked with Misher recently and got an update on the project.
Before asking about its status, they had to ask Misher why he even wanted to remake Dune. "It's one of my favorite books of all time, and I made a movie with Pete called The Rundown, which people seemed to like a little bit, so we decided to get back together. Pete had loved the book as well. It's a great opportunity for us." At least we know he has good intentions. The project is in development at Paramount, but when it was announced, a script hadn't even been written. So where is it now? "We're working on the script right now. We're going to turn it in shortly. The script is coming in, we're hoping to get a green light shortly. "
According to IMDb, the writer working the script is Joshua Zetumer, a newcomer with a few other big scripts floating around, but nothing in production yet. With at least 14 remaining sci-fi movies this year, and a lot more in development, it looks like a sci-fi trend might be brewing in Hollywood. And if that's the case, I'm sure Dune will get a greenlight soon enough. And as for one final important question - are they still going to have the blue spice-eyes? "Yes, of course. Spice is part of the book." Bring on the sandworms!