French filmmaker Pierre Morel
, who directed the hit actioner “Taken
” and the upcoming “From Paris With Love
,” has signed on to helm new Paramount Pictures’ version of “Dune
“, the sci-fi classic novel by Frank Herbert
Morel is chosen to replace Peter Berg
, who decided to drop off the project in October 2009 because he has committed to Universal Pictures’ upcoming action movie “Battleship
Entertainment Weekly reports:
“Paramount is now in the process of hiring a new writer to blend Morel’s vision for the film with the original draft penned by Quantum of Solace screenwriter Josh Zetumer”
“Morel plans to make a very faithful adaptation of the 1965 book by Frank Herbert.”
Herbert’s novel—about an intergalactic struggle to control the supply of a valuable spice found only on the remote desert planet Arrakis—remains the biggest selling sci fi novel and it’s still enormously popular.
“Dune” was first turned into a film by David Lynch
, whose 1984 effort was not a financial success. Morel is a long time fan who brought his well-worn copy of the novel with him to meetings at Paramount, sources said.
‘s Misher Films
will produce with New Amsterdam
‘s Richard Rubenstein
, who produced the 2000 telepic “Dune
” and the 2003 sequel “Children of Dune
.” EW went on to add that the project is a high priority for the Paramount.