I'm kind of surprised that Peter Berg isn't directing the Dune reboot anymore. The guy has been really excited about the projects, as he's talked about the Dune remake a great deal. Berg was also talking to actor Robert Pattinson (Twilight) about starring in the film, but he is not attached to it so don't worry...yet. There are a lot of people that weren't happy that the film was being remade, even though it was going to be more of an action adventure story than David Lynch's version, which was more political.
Apparently a couple weeks ago, Peter Berg completely dropped out of the project and will no longer be directing it, because his Film 44 production company backed out. I guess they must have lost faith in the project. To be honest, I'm kind of relieved Berg isn't directing it anymore. So now Paramount Pictures is looking to find another director.
Here is what they are looking for:
- A director who can put the movie together for under $175 million. Which seems like a big enough budget. They made G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra for that much, but it still sucked.
- A director who already has a preexisting passion for the novel and is enthusiastic about the project.
The script is out to two directors right now that fit what they are looking for.
There number one choice is Neill Blomkamp, who directed District 9. He would do an amazing job with the story! And if he directed this remake I would have a huge spike in interest. But, Blomkamp has said he really has no interest in big budget films, and that he is more interested in creating original stories. I guess well see where his principles lie when the money is doing the talking, when he either takes the gig or turns it down.
The other director they are looking at is Neil Marshall, who directed The Descent, which was a really good film as well. But the studio still wants someone with a bit more power behind there name. According to producer Kevin Misher, the studio is somewhat tepid on Marshall, uncertain about handing over a $175 million film with franchise potential to a somewhat unknown director whose only hit was the modestly successful The Descent.
So Dune is still going to be developed. The script is ready, the money is there, all they need is a director to bring it all together. Obviously Blomkamp is the director we would all like to see helm the new Dune film, but I wouldn't be that upset if Marshall got the gig either. He's still a better choice than Berg.
What do you all think?