Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/03/23/dune_buried/
Paramount buries Dune remake
Worm-riding, sweat-drinking spice war epic on hold
The planned Paramount Pictures movie adaptation of Frank Herbert's Dune has been cancelled.
The attempt to get the 1965 sci-fi classic once again adapted for the silver screen came to nothing after more than a year of development. Paramount had recruited Taken  helmsman Pierre Morel to direct.
Richard Rubinstein, who controls the rights to the book, explained : "Paramount's option has expired and we couldn't reach an agreement. I'm going to look at my options, and whether I wind up taking the script we developed in turnaround, or start over, I'm not sure yet."
The script in question was knocked together by Morel and Chase Palmer , and they apparently "cut the mammoth subject matter down to a compelling story that could be told at feature length".
Rubinstein said he'll probably talk to both men with a view to resurrecting the project, which will need someone with very deep pockets to fund its estimated $100m production budget. ®