Oct 2009 – Exclusive: An Update on the Dune Remake (Pajiba)
“Peter Berg completely dropped the project a few weeks ago — his Film 44 production company backed out, and now Paramount is scrambling to find a new director.
The search, however, has run into two issues: 1) they’re looking for a director who can put the movie together for under $175 million, which sounds manageable, but they don’t want anything resembling the crap effects of the ‘84 film, and 2) they want a director who already has a preexisting passion for the novel and is enthusiastic about the project. Right now, Paramount is shopping the script to two directors: They like Neill Blompkamp (District 9), who has the right vision, but the frontrunner, at the moment, is Neil Marshall (The Descent), who was sent the script early this month. However, despite the enthusiasm of producer, Kevin Misher (Public Enemies), the studio is somewhat tepid on Marshall, uncertain about handing over a $175 million film with franchise potential to a somewhat unknown director whose only hit was the modestly successful The Descent.”
It sounds like Byron Merrit and KJA were right all along; I know this will make a lot of happy people even happier. And the mention of Neill Blompkamp’s name will make them dangerously happy – since we found out that Berg was out back in September, his name has been at the top of many fan’s wish lists.
So what new information is actually in this blog post? The budget will be $175M – that’s more than Paramount spent of Star Trek and is a very impressive amount of cash. At least the effects should be top notch