After four years, several directors and scripts, Paramount is no longer in the Dune business.
Director Peter Berg signed on for Paramount's adaptation in 2008, promising a more "faithful" adaptation than David Lynch's 1984 version with Josh Zetumer's script. Berg left the project in 2009, with Pierre Morel (Taken) brought on board to direct in January of 2010. Morel scrapped Zetumer's script in favor of one written by Chase Palmer, but last November Morel stepped down from the director's chair, leaving Paramount until this spring to find a replacement or they would lose their option on the Dune rights. Unfortunately, the time for Paramount to find a worthy director for the movie's budget and complex storyline has passed.
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