Another Dune film?
According to a comment made by one of the Herbert family members on the Dune forums, the forums for the novels not the film, it seems that someone in Hollywood is showing interest in the original Frank Herbert novel again, and they're actively trying to get hold of the project.
In fact it goes a bit further than that and reveals that there are ongoing negotiations to try and get the deal made and another film started. However the details on who this is behind the new project are scarce.
On the forums, Byron Merrit said way back at the end of May:
"Still in "negotiations" with the studio reps/lawyers. The contract lengths are enough to make one ill...We're getting VERY close to a deal. Heard that news today...we've had on-going negotiations for over two years"
He goes on later to reveal a little more about what he has heard inside the studio:
"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."
Then he has to stop the conversation as he reveals that he's already been in trouble before for revealing too much, something he's probably just done again on the postings.
Bear in mind though that these posts are a month old and there's been nothing since. Is the deal struggling again? I guess with two years negotiating there's no real concern about it taking a bit longer.
Devin from CHUD, who found the story, points out, and shares a commonly held belief, that these books would be so difficult to make into a film because there's so little in terms of big actions and speeches and so much of the story is internal. I would think that if this is a big Director behind the project then it could well turn out stronger than the David Lynch version.
Can Dune be made into an effective film, and have you heard any more about the project?