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Could Peter Berg direct Dune?

PeterBerg.jpgThere's a stonker of a rumour online about the possibility of a Dune film. A while ago the rumour came out that there was going to be an attempt to make another film version of the classic Frank Herbert novel which was previously adapted by David Lynch.

Now it seems that there's going to be another one, and the latest rumour has Peter Berg attached to a Paramount film.

The rumour over at AICN has to be taken with tons of salt, although they do say that the source is beginning to show positive results for them.

While I can understand the idea of a Dune film, I'm not so sure about Peter Berg being attached just yet. It has to be said that I think he would make a stunning version, he's a superb Director, but I just can't see him signing up at this stage without a script and little more than negotiations with those that own the Frank Herbert rights ongoing.

Previously we heard from Byron Merritt, the grandson of Frank Herbert said:

“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...

...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.”

Could that be Peter Berg? Would the Director of Friday Night Lights and The Kingdom (Filmstalker review) be a good choice for the big screen remake of Dune?



I'll admit he's not the first guy that comes to mind when I think of a needless remake of "Dune", I wouldn't put it passed Berg to try his hand at something new. I haven't seen "The Kingdom" yet but from all indications is appears to be pretty good and "Friday Night Lights" was a surprisingly good film. They could do worse...


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