And the Possible Dune Remake's Director Might Be...
AICN's got a "well-founded rumor."
In the CHUD report, Herbert's grandson was quoted as saying:
"We're getting VERY close to a deal. Heard that news today...although only rumor, I've heard that 'someone' at the studio wants Dune reallllly bad and has been a fan of the novel for 'years.' They're not saying who this is (and it might just be hype) but I'm holding out hope that whoever this might be is a big enough fan that he/she will do the book justice. Supposedly it's some director."
According to AICN's Merrick, a source named Checkyr has shared the possible identity of the studio -- and the "someone" -- in question. All the typical rumor caveats apply, but we'll just cut right to the chase. From AICN:
In short, Checkyr says the studio in question is Paramount...which is aggressively building a formidable arsenal of franchises via TRANSFORMERS, JJ Abrams' STAR TREK re-deployment, and spin-off potential built into INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL.
And the director in question? Writer/Director Peter Berg. He directed FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, THE RUNDOWN (hooray for monkey love!), and...more recently...THE KINGDOM.
AICN's commenters have already jumped all over this rumor -- and judging from their comments' subjects, they aren't exactly overjoyed with the news. What say you, RT faithful? Is Berg's name a killing word?
Source: Ain't It Cool News