The Spice Stops Flowing for Dune Movie Reboot

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The Spice Stops Flowing for Dune Movie Reboot

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Work on a new Dune movie may have stalled, but some good work came out of it, says the movie's producer.

After four years of development, Paramount has decided to call it quits on a cinematic reboot of the classic sci-fi novel, Dune. Producer Richard P. Rubinstein, who manages the movie rights to the Dune books, says that the split came down to money, but that it had been amicable.

According to Rubinstein, Paramount's option on the property expired, and that he was unable to come to a new agreement with the studio. There was nothing new in the pipeline for the Dune franchise, he said, adding that he was considering his options. Rubinstein liked the script that came out of the collaboration between Pierre Morel and Chase Palmer during the development process, and said that he would re-approach the pair in the future. If Rubinstein does decide to take that script further, Paramount will be able to recoup some of its development costs.

Dune, and its sequels, tells the story of the desert planet Arrakis: the only source of the spice, Melange, and home to the Fremen, a race of desert warriors with blue-in-blue eyes. The spice is vital to interplanetary space travel, but harvesting it is difficult because of the gigantic sandworms that roam Arrakis' sands. As if that wasn't enough, the politics of the Landsraad, and especially the vendetta between the great houses of Atreides and Harkonnen, make Arrakis a very dangerous place to be.

The first book was adapted into a movie in 1984, which starred Kyle MacLachlan, Patrick Stewart, and Sting, and was directed by David Lynch. The movie flopped at the box, but later developed a cult following. Years later, Rubinstein and his production company New Amsterdam developed the first three books into a pair of mini-series in conjunction with SyFy, then still known as the Sci-Fi Channel. These were much closer to the books and were much better received.

Rubinstein, who also worked on the Dawn of the Dead remake and a number of Stephen King properties, said that he knew what he wanted to do with the franchise, and he was on the lookout for someone who agreed with his vision and had enough cash to make the movie that the franchise deserved.

Source: Deadline via io9

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Dune is so heavily packed with philosophy that only the first book would be possible to film really. And if the old Dune movie is any indication, even that would be difficult.

The phrasing 'I know what I want to do with the "franchise"' tells me it may be better off where it is. Dune, to me, is a 'franchise' in the same way Lord of the Rings is a 'franchise'. As opposed to a lot of other works, there's very little you can add or subtract without making it into something else entirely, at which point you might as well name it something else.

And while on the subject, if someone could drop a gluebomb on Brian Herbert's house I'd be much obliged.

YAAAYY!

The only Dune movie that should ever be made can never be made because it's too insane and most of the people involved are dead.

http://www.duneinfo.com/unseen/jodorowsky.asp

It sounds like a movie goers wet dream. If you can you should check out the stories behind this overblown non-masterpiece. It's like the Rolling Stones teaming up with Caligula and the Marquius De Sade to write an Album from the future

The Syfy series was quite good and is worth digging up, and I also enjoyed the original. A story about a precious resource on a desert world protected by religious fanatics and fought over by great powers seems as timely as ever.

I preferred the movie to the mini-series.

I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.

I was happy enough with the Sci-fi series and I don't need a reboot.
DESERT POWER!

gellert1984:
I preferred the movie to the mini-series.

I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.

And the reboot won't

I, for one, am extremely happy that this project fell through. I grew up with Lynch's Dune, I loved the miniseries (particularly Children of Dune), but enough. No film can ever come close to the scope of the books, and they should learn to let it rest. We've had Lynch's version, we've had Scyfy's, but no more.
Maker knows I've made something of a religion from my love for the Dune universe. My first username was Siona, I read all six books ten times, I've made entire notebooks with quotes I've taken from the books. But I don't want to see another movie.

I fucking loved Dune. It turned out to be such a great book. I havent read the other installments in the series, but I definitely will in the future. Id love to see a great dune movie come out. Give it to Peter jackson to work on after the hobbit.

I pretty much agree with everyone here. Books = Amazing, original and sci fi moves = Great. reboot = umm no, but thanks anyway. LONG LIVE DUKE LETO!!!

A reboot while an interesting idea could possibly do more damage than good to the series if it isn't done right. I'm kinda on the fence about this.

Oh... is that where the "Spice must flow" thing comes from?
I own that book, you'd think I'd know.

Er why? its been done to death and frankly nothing can top the first film!

Beer is the mind-killer.
Beer is the little death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my beer.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see it's path.
When the beer has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.

I've got a friend who is huge on the books. He hated the David Lynch movie, because of terrible special effects and supposedly they whitewashed the roles of characters who were explicitly described as brown or black.

He was hoping a reboot would correct the sins of the past, I hate to break it to him.

Nightfalke:
Beer is the mind-killer.
Beer is the little death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my beer.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see it's path.
When the beer has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.

Sigh... I miss Goats. Oh well, at least Rosenberg is working on Scenes From A Multiverse.

gellert1984:
I preferred the movie to the mini-series.

I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.

Absolutely agreed. I was very excited about the mini-series when it was announced, but when they turned Paul into a whiny Luke Skywalker-like bitch, that was too much for me.

Uh... They already re-made dune last year. It's called Avatar.

Dectilon:
Dune is so heavily packed with philosophy that only the first book would be possible to film really.

None of the later books is close to the quality of the first, so those aren't worth filming anyway.

...

Did anybody honestly give two shits about this project or think it was worth the effort?

It's already been adapted twice into films (well, one film and a mini series which I actually own both of). If you want the book you can go read that, the film would be utterly pointless.

EDIT: Thanks for reminding me to rewatch the two mini series, only watched them once a few years ago when I bought them. I've still been meaning to read the first 4 books since I picked them up cheap aaaages ago.

Why does EVERYTHING have to be "rebooted" these days? Fuck you Hollywood, make up original stories again and stop trying to destroy my childhood.

Trogdor1138:
...

Did anybody honestly give two shits about this project or think it was worth the effort?

It's already been adapted twice into films (well, one film and a mini series which I actually own both of). If you want the book you can go read that, the film would be utterly pointless.

Yeah I sure didn't know anyone looking forward to it. I bloody love dune, but honestly let it rest! I am getting sick of all the reboots. I wanna see new ideas not rehashing old ones over and over.

Boy, that sure is shocking.
/sarcasm

Perhaps he spent four years working on it and then realized one day, "Oh yeah...this shit DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE."

both the sci-fi mini and the old movie were okay in my book. and thats cause i know its IMPOSSIBLE to film any sort of adaptation of dune...i mean its dune ffs. its just too much. so any movie that gets made i show into one of those Marvel comics style alternate universes and view it as its own thing

Dirty Hipsters:
Why does EVERYTHING have to be "rebooted" these days? Fuck you Hollywood, make up original stories again and stop trying to destroy my childhood.

thats what all the cowboys said about the john wayne movies XD

I was kinda hoping they'd keep going with the books.

God Emperor of Dune could be a fucking masterpiece... But then again it could be a b grade creature feature like that 'Dagon' adaptation.

It's Landsraad not Landsraat, I just had to get that out of my system.

But I really don't need to see another movie adaptation the books are waaay too deep for a movie to ever replicate appropriately.

Somehow I actually forgot about this movie.

Dimitriov:
It's Landsraad not Landsraat, I just had to get that out of my system.

But I really don't need to see another movie adaptation the books are waaay too deep for a movie to ever replicate appropriately.

And this is so very very true.

Well there goes a wish, then again "If wishes were fishes we'd all casts nets."

Book was amazing and philosophically heavy handed, movie was weak, the mini-series did a very good job presenting the book and integrating some of the philosophy.

Dune is notoriously difficult to adapt to a visual medium. That being said, I don't think the difficulty should stop people from trying because similar things were said about Lord of the Rings, No Country for Old Men, and plenty of other movies that received critical and commercial acclaim. Isn't the "safeness" of most Hollywood movies what people complain about? Why, then, shy away from hard-to-adapt material?

greyghost81:
Dune is notoriously difficult to adapt to a visual medium. That being said, I don't think the difficulty should stop people from trying because similar things were said about Lord of the Rings, No Country for Old Men, and plenty of other movies that received critical and commercial acclaim. Isn't the "safeness" of most Hollywood movies what people complain about? Why, then, shy away from hard-to-adapt material?

I'm not really concerned with someone attempting to make a Dune movie per se, but the idea of 'creating a franchise' feels like it'll be accompanied by phrases like 'the next movie will be a side-story' or 'I don't see *some major character* that way...".

I read the book and watched the movie and the mini series, and you must at all costs flee from the movie, it was horrible.

In the books the main character teaches people a special cool martial art skill, and in the movie (1984) he gives them guns... very spiritual Mr. Lynch.

The mini series on the other hand was excellent, and is well worth watching. The other mini series children of Dune is pretty good too.

This is a good reminder to finally acquire the books and read them. Before I accidentally see any movies about it or bump into any spoilers.

I wouldn't mind seeing the prequel saga told in movie form. If it falls flat, then it only ruins what a small percentage of the Dune community seems to care about. In any case I'm willing to give the directors another shot. I'm rather disappointed actually that I did not hear of this until the project got scrapped :(

Dude, it's Landsraad, not La.. oh, someone beat me to it.

Lynch's Dune was pretty bad if you're a purist, since he changes a lotta stuff, and the pacing is shit.. but I liked it for what it was, and I love me some Kyle MacLachlan. The Sci-Fi channel series was frickin' *awful*, even tho it was more true to the story; the costumes, acting, and cheesy street-fighter fight scenes made for a grand trifecta of embarrassment. It's cool they actually took it beyond the first book, tho.. I guess.

Alejandro Jodorowsky was workin' on a version of Dune for a while back in the 70s or 80s or something; his version promised to be insanely wacky, and I'm halfway glad / halfway bummed that it miscarried. Homeboy made statements along the lines of "Frank Herbert does not own Dune.. this is a primal, immortal story of a messiah.. blah blah blah art." He wanted to cast Dali as the emperor, but Dali only accepted on the conditions that he had to be paid more per-hour than any actor ever, and that he wouldn't read the script.. and something to do with constantly pissing/shitting into a throne made of golden dolphins. Seriously, look it up - it's some pretty hilarious stuff.

Lynch's version almost fell apart in production hell, too. It's true, Dune seems to be cursed when it comes to screen adaptations. Probably for the best, because the (first four) books are just way too damn *good* for anything less than a high-budget, high-concept, take-your-time HBO miniseries. Now that Frank's dead and Kevin "I'm a douche" J. Anderson is God-Emperor of the Duniverse (with Brian Herbert as his spice-addled bumbling sidekick), I really think we should just give up on Dune movies. I don't want those assholes profiting off any potential Hollywood box-office success - they'd use it as a springboard to try and get their laughable "prequels" made into summer blockbusters.

Aaaand, I'm done with my opinionated rant. Sorry, I get kinda passionate about Dune.

Eleima:
I, for one, am extremely happy that this project fell through. I grew up with Lynch's Dune, I loved the miniseries (particularly Children of Dune), but enough. No film can ever come close to the scope of the books, and they should learn to let it rest. We've had Lynch's version, we've had Scyfy's, but no more.
Maker knows I've made something of a religion from my love for the Dune universe. My first username was Siona, I read all six books ten times, I've made entire notebooks with quotes I've taken from the books. But I don't want to see another movie.

You aren't the only Dune obsessive I know. My uncle named his daughter Alia. :o

I also agree with you. What has been done so far is fine, and they shouldn't make anymore. The real treasure is the books anyway, as it should be. :o

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