When Pierre Morel was announced as director for the new version of Dune, Brendon wondered, “is it reasonable to assume we’re on for a rather ballistic version of the story?” Yesterday the director spoke about his love of the book, and it seemed like he was trying to be right on the same page as ol’ Frank Herbert. Now more of his ideas are being reported, and he’s definitely going for something with a little more zip. Or, as he says with respect to David Lynch‘s 1984 adaptation, “faster and more modern.” Read More »

Pierre Morel To Direct Dune

It seems that Peter Berg’s replacement as the director of the new Dune movie has been found and it isn’t Neil Marshall. According to Entertainment Weekly, action specialist Pierre Morel, director of Taken, Banlieue 13 and the upcoming From Paris With Love has come on board. That’s a real step up in my book.

They also report that a new writer will be assigned to help retrofit the project in keeping with Morel’s vision. Is it reasonable to assume we’re on for a rather ballistic version of the story? Frank Herbert purists are probably already gnashing their teeth while me, I’m rubbing my hands together in anticipation of something rather more slam, bam, thank you Melange. I’d also hazard a guess that Morel may go for a cast suitably short on WASPy types – at least, if the studio agrees.


A new and curious rumour suggests that Peter Berg is no longer attached to the next big screen adaptation of Dune and the studio are shopping around for a new director. Normally, when rumours like this have something to them it’s been after a fair bit of radio silence but it hasn’t exactly been all quiet on the Atreides front, with Peter Berg discussing progress on the picture only a couple of months ago. Okay – it’s possibly more accurate to say he was discussing a lack of progress.

If this rumour is true, however, there’s a little more to it. As well as informing us that Berg and his Film 44 company have made a break for the door, the story goes that some frontrunning candidates for the canvas chair have already come in to focus: Neill Blomkamp and Neil Marshall. Bafflingly, it’s Marshall who is said to be the frontrunner.

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Peter Berg Talks Dune


Last year it was announced that Peter Berg would be directing a new adaptation of Frank Herbert‘s massive and influential novel Dune. We haven’t yet heard much about what Berg plans to do with his version, which will be the third filmed take on the story. SciFiWire caught up with Berg, who reveals that there is not yet a script, but says “there’s a more dynamic film to be made” from the novel. Read More »

hodgman obama

One of the highlights of the White House Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association Dinner was John Hodgman‘s speech about how Barack Obama might be the first nerd/geek President of the United States. Many of you should recognize Hodgman as the PC guy on the Apple commercials, or as a sometimes Daily Show correspondent, but he is also a best selling author and sometimes actor. The speech is great because it features a bevy of geek references, including Star Trek, Superman, Conan, Dune and more. You can watch Hodgman’s entire 14-minute speech after the jump.
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Cool Stuff: Futuristic Movie Timeline


Dan Meth has created a movie timeline for futuristic movies, proving that the future presented in sci-fi classics are rooted in alternatie parrellel universes. Check out the full timeline after the jump.

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Peter Berg to Remake Dune

Peter Berg to direct Dune

Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights, The Rundown, The Kingdom) has confirmed to MTV that he will be directing a big budget remake of Dune.

But the project is in the early developmental planning stages as there’s no script, YET. “If it weren’t for the writer’s strike, we’d be in it right now.” So this probably won’t be Berg’s next film, as he has plans to direct Tom Cruise in a CIA spy action thriller Edwin A. Salt.

David Lynch originally brought Frank Herbert’s classic to the big screen in 1984. Although fans of the Dune series are polarized by the movie, but the film has become a cult favorite in recent years. A three-part miniseries also based on the novel aired in 2000.