Ok I have to pipe in here. Dune has been done as a movie before - VERY poorly. Then the sci-fi channel attempted a dune mini-series which was barely watchable. The Dune books (there are MANY) all lead into one another and are 500 pages long. They are as complex as any book can be. They are as complicated as any books can be. That is the fame of Author Frank Herbert. He wrote a complete WORLD in a series of awesome novels. These novels have now been continues by his son and Kevin Anderson (one of the best writers in the business). The new additions are awesome as well. Here is the problem, there is NO way you can put Dune into a movie and get the audience to understand it. It's too complex, too long, too world spanning. Any attempt to turn it into a movie again will be a FAIL. Some books are not meant to be movies. This is one of them - please spare us.
Berg to direct 'Dune' for Paramount
Misher producing adaptation of sci-fi novel
Kevin Misher, who spent the past year obtaining the book rights from the Herbert estate, will produce via his Par-based shingle.
Herbert's 1965 novel is a sweeping, futuristic tale set on the remote desert planet Arrakis, which produces the interstellar empire's sole source of the spice Melange -- used for distant space travel. An empirewide power struggle ensues over the control of the spice. Berg would be the latest helmer to take a crack at the property, which spawned a 1984 David Lynch film as well as a 2000 Sci Fi Channel miniseries starring William Hurt.
The project is out to writers, with the producers looking for a faithful adaptation of the Hugo- and Nebula Award-winning book. The filmmakers consider its theme of finite ecological resources particularly timely.
New Amsterdam's Richard Rubenstein, who produced Sci Fi's "Dune" and sequel "Children of Dune," is also producing alongside Sarah Aubrey of Film 44, Berg's production banner. John Harrison and Mike Messina exec produce.
Paramount envisions the project as a tentpole film.