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Dune Has A New Writer
Chase Palmer brought on to pep up sci-fi

11 February 2010  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Paramount’s attempt to bring Frank Herbert’s Dune back to the big screen is gathering pace, with news that Chase Palmer has been brought on to have a bash at a screenplay.

Palmer – who sounds like an off-shore bank, or the grizzled hero of a bad 80s action flick – has been hired specifically to incorporate the ideas of Dune director, Pierre Morel, into the screenplay, the current draft of which has been written by Josh Zetumer.

Those ideas, based on Morel’s work in District B13, the magnificent Taken and From Paris With Love, will probably involve Dune hero, Paul Atreides, punching and shooting everything he sees.

Or, as The Hollywood Reporter has it, Morel wants to hew closer to Herbert’s original novel than David Lynch did with his bonkers bizarre 1984 version. We have to admit, though, to being slightly surprised that Morel is still attached to the project after From Paris With Love crashed and burned at the US box office last weekend, but we’re also glad, for frankly we’re intrigued to see what he can do with a sci-fi flick.

Palmer, meanwhile, is a writer-director who's been plugging away on the Hollywood scene for years. He's lined up two self-penned films - Number Thirteen and Wild Wild East - to direct over the next year or so, but bagging the Dune screenplay gig is undoubtedly his biggest break.

Kevin Misher and Richard Rubinstein are producing.
 


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Posted by Geosolus at 01:10 on 12 February 2010 | Report This Post

Inconsitency
Got you now. Here Taken is "magnificent", but the review has 1 of five stars. On the other hand, Man on Fire has a descent rating of 4, maybe you just got confused? But let me help you: booth films are wrong on many levels, but entertaining as hell, even if one has to be ashamed of liking them. You're welcome. More

Posted by Mancubus at 22:24 on 11 February 2010 | Report This Post

I love, love, love, looooove Dune. I've read the complete sage, old & new, own al the DVD's and mini-series, played the games, etc. But I'm really afraid this movie won't be good enough. Everybody involved on the key positions just screams ''low-budget'', which is the opposite from what it can be. You CAN make Dune the new Lord of the Rings/Star Wars hybrid, but without a true hardcore investment, it will become another The Golden Compass or Dungeon Siege...too small and fake epic. More

Posted by Bluehawk at 17:56 on 11 February 2010 | Report This Post

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I can't think of a less inspiring choice of director. the last thing I want Dune to be is a run of the mill action franchise. More

Posted by The Hooded Man at 15:24 on 11 February 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Ohhh
There's no way you could film all the books, 'God Emperor of Dune', its just way too off the wall. Any attempt at making series would end up finishing at children of dune as was demonstrated but the sci-fi channel. More

Posted by dob69 at 13:22 on 11 February 2010 | Report This Post

I loved Lynch's original and would've rather seen a sequel to that, dream sequences and all, but a more 'gritty, action-based' taken on the source sounds fascinating. Just as long as the line 'We have just folded space from Ix' is included somewhere... :) More

Posted by herbertwest1701 at 13:16 on 11 February 2010 | Report This Post

Taken - Magnificent?
Was that sarcasm? I haven't seen Taken - on Empire's advice. Which was that it was at the other end of the spectrum from magnificent. Still, anyone who makes a film gets five stars these days... More

Posted by jamesfgrant at 12:39 on 11 February 2010 | Report This Post

Ohhh
So 1 star means magnificent now? More

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This needs to be a trilogy!
Single film wouldn't do the universe justice in my opinion... More

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