Two months ago, director/producer/writer Peter Berg assured folks that his Dune project was still a go and that they were trying to hammer down a story from the complex book that would work for fans and non-fans alike. Now, we’re being assured that Berg isn’t even involved any more…

So, with him out of the picture, who will step in to take on the remake? Well, apparently it’s down to Neil Marshall (The Descent, Doomsday) and the recently popular geek icon Neill Blomkamp (District 9).

A feature film remake for Frank Herbert’s Dune has been in the works for quite some time. With Berg and his Film 44 production company backing out of the project, Paramount is on the hunt for a director to take over.

According to Pajiba, the director has to be able to do a few things:

  • Be able to make the movie for less than $175 million
  • Must be passionate about the novel

Reportedly, the two directors that are in Paramount’s eyes to replace Berg are Neill Blomkamp and Neil Marshall. We know both can make big movies on small budgets (District 9 was made with approx. $30 million!) and both can work with action.

Marshall is currently working on Centurion and last week, Blomkamp just got his financing for another Sci-fi project he’ll be working on. Blomkamp had this to say about it:

“I’m not particularly interested in massive budget films, or creating huge spectacles that some young directors might be attracted to… Hopefully, this will be a bit unique, very much a reflection of me. It is absolutely another science fiction film, quite different from `District 9,’ but some of the blending of genres and the tone might be within the same realm.”

Well, Dune is a big budget epic. I dug D-9 but I don’t want to see Dune made in that style – it needs to be more cinematic in my mind. I’d be interested to see what Blomkamp will do differently with his next sci-fi project or if it’ll be in the same hand-held doc style of his shorts, commercials and feature film debut.

Tidbit: We didn’t write this up before because there wasn’t much to it but Twilight’s Robert Pattinson was rumored to play the lead, Paul Atreides, but that was based on Peter Berg having a meeting with him – but he’s out now. Currently, there’s a script but no cast or director.

There’s some hesitance over passing such a large project over to Marshall but imagine if Pattinson was the lead (not as a creepy white-faced vampire) – Big marketing with him as the hero would certainly sell.

What do you think about Dune and who would you like to direct? Who should play Atreides?

Source: Pajiba