In einer sehr fernen Zukunft ist die intergalaktische Welt voller Mysterien und Intrigen. Der wichtigste Planet des Universums ist Arrakis, der Wüstenplanet, genannt auch DUNE. Nur auf ihm findet man das Spice, eine hochwirksame Droge mit unvorstellbaren Kräften - inzwischen die wertvollste Substanz im gesamten Universum. Als das Haus Atreides die Macht über Arrakis übernimmt, beginnt ein gigantischer Machtkampf, der in grausamen Schlachten und einem interstellarem Krieg gipfelt...
Wie Deadline meldet, ist die "Dune"-Neuverfilmung erst einmal vom Tisch... Paramount has turned loose the giant worm, and everything else that was part of the seminal Frank Herbert science fiction novel series Dune. The studio’s four-year attempt to make a movie out of the franchise has fallen by the wayside. Paramount and the rights holders came to a parting of the ways as the rights lapsed. "Paramount’s option has expired and we couldn’t reach an agreement," said Richard P. Rubinstein, who controls the rights to what is considered the biggest-selling science fiction book ever. "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." [...]
Rubinstein said that Paramount’s exit came down to dollars, but the producer said he and the rights holders were OK with it. "Sure, it’s frustrating, how long this has taken, but most of what I’ve done that worked out well over the years, like the miniseries The Stand, took a long time," Rubinstein said. "Since I know what I want, eventually, I’ll find someone who’ll agree with me. What I like is that talent has interesting things to say on how they would approach it." Rubinstein had been producing with Kevin Misher, but everything’s up in the air at the moment. "Right now, Dune has no commitments or attachments," he said. Rubinstein and his company New Amsterdam made the Dune miniseries, and he is the gatekeeper for the rights on behalf of the author’s estate and ABC. Even though Pete Berg dropped out to do Battleship, Dune for a time looked like it had a fighting chance. Rubinstein and Misher quite liked the job that Taken helmer Pierre Morel did in collaborating with Chase Palmer. They managed to get a script that cut the mammoth subject matter down to a compelling story that could be told at feature length. Rubinstein said that he would probably re-approach Morel and Palmer, but those conversations haven’t yet happened. All they now need is a financier ready to put up the $100 million or so in production budget needed to get the film under way. If they do use the Palmer script, Paramount stands to recoup some of its development costs.
Wie Deadline meldet, wird es eng für die "Dune"-Neuverfilmung... A ticking clock situation is playing out at Paramount Pictures over the sci-fi classic Dune, one that is emblematic of how studio infatuation for branded fare has brought with it the added burden of pleasing rights holders who not only get gross deals but also a big say in how movies are made and released.
Rumors raced recently that Paramount would end four years of development on the Frank Herbert novel by putting the project in turnaround. I'm told that's not true, but the studio will be done with Dune by next spring if it hasn't firmed a production start by then. The rights holders won't grant another option extension. Armed with a new Dune draft by Chase Palmer, the studio and producers Kevin Misher and Richard P. Rubinstein are going out to directors today to create a new movie out of the 1965 book that is reputed to be the biggest selling science fiction novel ever. Despite the ticking clock, Paramount is proceeding as cautiously as it would on any project that will carry a price-tag well north of $100 million. Unless studio brass is absolutely confident by the time the buzzer goes off, Paramount will kiss the project goodbye. It will forfeit the six figures it has paid in option costs and risk development costs, though it could recoup some of the latter if another backer embraces the script Paramount paid Palmer to write. [...]
Despite Dune's outsized book sales, Paramount can hardly be blamed for being careful. The 1965 book still sells, sequel books by the author's son Brian and Kevin Anderson routinely hit the bestseller lists, there are videogames and a SciFi Channel miniseries was a big success. But from a feature standpoint, the book is indelibly linked to a 1984 David Lynch-directed flop, and there is that lingering memory of a giant desert worm and the rocker Sting, clad only in what seemed like a blue diaper, menacing star Kyle MacLachlan. The new film has been re-imagined but deals with the same trippy concept, an interplanetary battle for control of the desert planet Arrakis and its supply of the spice Melange. Those who ingest Melange live longer, have a prescient sense of awareness, and the substance is necessary for space travel.
Rubinstein and his company New Amsterdam made the successful Dune miniseries and he is the liaison to the rights holders, which are the Herbert estate and ABC. Director Peter Berg spent several years developing a script with writer Josh Zetumer, before Berg left to direct Battleship. Palmer then rewrote that script under the supervision of Taken helmer Pierre Morel. It appears that Morel has stepped off the project. He'll be an exec producer, though Rubinstein -- who said the estate and studio have to be in agreement on a director -- likes Morel for the job.
Rubinstein said he and the estate will be is okay whether Paramount moves forward or not, because he and Misher have such a strong script now. But he makes it clear Paramount will have to be ready to fish or cut bait by next spring. "We don’t want to extend an option and watch the studio take seven years," he said. "This is on a short tether. It's a major book franchise, you can’t walk into a store and not see a shelf full of Dune books." [...]
Bei CS! kann man Concept Art von Jock bewundern, die für Peter Berg's "Dune" entstand...
Wie THR.com meldet, kümmert sich nun Chase Palmer um das Drehbuch zu Pierre Morel's "Dune"-Neuverfilmung...
Empire sprach mit dem Regisseur Pierre Morel über die Neuverfilmung... [...] Asked if he plans to crowbar any Taken-style action into Frank Herbert's mammoth space opera, Morel was careful to stress that Dune is "not about action, it's not the point", but did admit that he's been musing along those lines. "I do think that there's a lot of scenes that are not described in the books, just mentioned, like the bad guys attacking something, and it might make sense to include those in the movie. That would maybe call for some action scenes, yes."
Dune has, of course, defeated directors before: not least Alejandro Jodorowsky and David Lynch. The sheer weight of the novel's politics, combined with Herbert's penchant for interior monologues, makes the novel a nightmare for adaptation, although the Sci-Fi Channel's two mini-series, covering the first three books, were reasonably successful.
Epic sci-fi movies kind of require giant setpieces. It's traditional! But if Morel is planning to spend significant screen time on massive Harkonnen/Sardaukar pitched battles and sandworm-mounted Fremen attacks, he runs the risk of having to drastically simplify and dumb-down his incredibly rich source material.
Thankfully he seems well aware of this: "I've read the novel ten times, so I want to stay true to it. There's such a fanbase. You can't mess with that."
Very early days yet. The process of hammering out a screenplay (in cahoots with Joshua Zetumer) will start later this month.
EW.com meldet... Paramount has found a new director for its remake of the sci-fi classic Dune, after Peter Berg dropped off the project in October. The studio has hired Taken helmer Pierre Morel to oversee the movie. Paramount is currently looking for a new writer to incorporate Morel’s vision of the project into the original draft by Quantum of Solace scribe Josh Zetumer. Morel plans to make a very faithful adaptation of the 1965 book by Frank Herbert. The movie is a high priority for Paramount’s production chief Adam Goodman. Kevin Misher and Richard Rubinstein are producing.
Wie Pajiba meldet, scheint Peter Berg raus zu sein... [...] 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. [...]
SCI FI Wire sprach mit Peter Berg über die Neuverfilmung... [...] Berg sees the story more as an epic adventure. "[The book] was much more muscular and adventurous, more violent and possibly even a little bit more fun," Berg said. "I think those are all elements of my experience of the book that can be brought in without offending the die-hard fans of the Bene Gesserit and Kwisatz Haderach. There's a more dynamic film to be made."
Before Berg can direct, a filmable Dune script just has to be finished within Berg's scheduling parameters. [...]
Bei iFMagazine.com gibt es ein Interview mit John Harrison... iF: You're producing a theatrical version of DUNE. How is it being involved with another adaptation of the same material since we wrote and directed the SCI FI Channel mini-series many years ago? HARRISON: I’m only tangentially involved. Misher Films at Paramount is producing the picture with my friend and frequent producer, Richard Rubinstein. Richard produced my DUNE miniseries. He and I have continued to develop material from the DUNE universe since then, and he’s been gracious enough to include me in the new production. It will be an adaptation of Frank Herbert’s first book, dune. iF: David Lynch had a heck of a time condensing it into a feature film, and you had to do it as a mini-series for SCI FI Channel to get the whole story across, how will you approach the film and what will make it different from any of the previous incarnations? HARRISON: A terrific young writer, Josh Zetumer will adapt and I wish him all the best. It won’t be easy, I can tell you, but he has great ideas about how to approach this epic material and I’ll bet it comes off as a completely unique version of the DUNE saga. [...]
THR.com meldet... Josh Zetumer is in negotiations to pen the latest incarnation of "Dune," Frank Herbert's sprawling sci-fi epic, for Paramount Pictures.
The award-winning 1965 novel -- the first in a series of six books about a futuristic struggle for control of a precious spice called Melange on the desert planet Arrakis -- was first adapted by David Lynch into a financially and critically disastrous 1984 film (though Herbert apparently liked it). It also was turned into a more successful Sci Fi Channel miniseries in 2000.
Kevin Misher is producing the new version through his Paramount-based Misher Films. Herbert's son Brian and Kevin J. Anderson, who have co-written several additional "Dune" novels, will co-produce. Peter Berg is attached to direct.
New Amsterdam Entertainment's Richard Rubenstein and is also producing with Sarah Aubrey of Berg's Film 44 shingle. John Harrison and Mike Messina will executive produce.
The "Dune" property, one of the best-selling science fiction series of all time, has spawned an enormous and devoted fan base and could provide a lucrative new franchise for Paramount. The studio is running hot off its blockbuster launch of "Iron Man" and its resurrection of the "Indiana Jones" juggernaut.
No one involved would comment on Zetumer's take on the "Dune" saga. The writer, repped by UTA and Management 360, also has "Villain" at 2929 Prods. and "The Infiltrator" set up at Warner Bros. He most recently did production work on the next Bond film, "Quantum of Solace."
Peter Berg is attached to direct a bigscreen adaptation of Frank Herbert's classic sci-fi novel "Dune" for Paramount Pictures.
Kevin Misher, who spent the past year obtaining the book rights from the Herbert estate, will produce via his Par-based shingle.
Herbert's 1965 novel is a sweeping, futuristic tale set on the remote desert planet Arrakis, which produces the interstellar empire's sole source of the spice Melange -- used for distant space travel. An empirewide power struggle ensues over the control of the spice. Berg would be the latest helmer to take a crack at the property, which spawned a 1984 David Lynch film as well as a 2000 Sci Fi Channel miniseries starring William Hurt.
The project is out to writers, with the producers looking for a faithful adaptation of the Hugo- and Nebula Award-winning book. The filmmakers consider its theme of finite ecological resources particularly timely.
New Amsterdam's Richard Rubenstein, who produced Sci Fi's "Dune" and sequel "Children of Dune," is also producing alongside Sarah Aubrey of Film 44, Berg's production banner. John Harrison and Mike Messina exec produce.
Paramount envisions the project as a tentpole film. [...]
Der TV-Sender Kabel1 zeigt heute um 14.40 Uhr den zweiten Teil von "Dune - Der Wüstenplanet" (2000) mit William Hurt und Uwe Ochsenknecht...
MTV.com meldet... [...] the next huge sci-fi franchise has a director. During an interview with "The Kingdom" director Peter Berg, he confirmed the rumor that "Dune" is coming and that he’s the one that will helm it. Calling the plans for him to direct "a done deal," Berg told me that "if it weren’t for the writer’s strike, we’d be in it right now."
Berg says that while there’s no script yet, they have a list of writers they plan to go out to once the strike settles. The helmer called himself "a huge fan of the book" and when asked about the scale of the film, he simply replied, "big big big."
As any fan of the Frank Herbert classic knows, "Dune" received the big screen treatment once before in a divisive David Lynch film. Berg said that while he’s "a big fan of Lynch," he believes "that interpretation has left the door wide open for a remake." [...]
Der TV-Sender Kabel1 zeigt heute um 14.30 Uhr den ersten Teil von "Dune - Der Wüstenplanet" (2000) mit William Hurt und Uwe Ochsenknecht...
Wie AICN meldet, will angeblich Paramount die "Dune"-Neuverfilmung in die Hand nehmen... Der Regiestuhl soll mit Peter Berg (u.a. "The Kingdom") besetzt werden...
CHUD meldet... [...] Dune has been adapted once into a film and once into a miniseries and now may be becoming a big screen feature once again. The rumors have been circulating for months, but things are starting to look more firmed up. Byron Merritt, the admin over the official Dune novel forums and a member of the Herbert family, has been dropping hints that lots of lawyering and deal making is about to come to fruition.
"We're getting VERY close to a deal. Heard that news today," he posted on Friday, following that up with, "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."
I don’t know that I would want to be the guy tackling Dune anew. David Lynch’s version is pretty terrible, all things considered, if fascinating as its own weird overwrought thing. The Sci Fi Channel version is closer to the Herbert novel in terms of incident and character, but it’s flat and dead. The problem with Dune as a movie is that so much of it is internal; the characters aren’t given to huge actions or speeches, and that the magic of Herbert’s world is... Herbert’s world. I tend to think of Dune as one of the least cinematic books ever, and when I reread it a couple of years back I was utterly enthralled, but it never played out in my mind as a movie. Maybe I’m just too blinkered, imagination-wise. God knows I haven’t written anything but snark and film reviews in years, so maybe that portion of my brain died.
This, by the way, smells like it would be a post-strike project if ever there were one. You just don’t get a movie as big as Dune written, cast, set up and shot in under a year.
Meanwhile, Frank Herbert's son continues to strip mine his father's ideas and writing; he's now working on a book set between Dune and Dune Messiah to be called Paul of Dune. [...]
Dune - Der Wüstenplanet TV-Neuverfilmung (2 DVDs) Regionalcode 2 FSK: Freigegeben ab 16 Jahren Darsteller: William Hurt, Saskia Reeves, Alec Newman Regisseur: John S. Harrison DVD Erscheinungstermin: 1. Juni 2001
Shaddam IV., der 370. einer Reihe kosmischer Inperatoren herrscht über das Galaktische Reich der Menschheit. Die planetarischen Provinzen werden von mächtigen Adeligen in seinen Diensten verwaltet. Der wertvollste Ort ist Arrakis, der wasserarme Wüstenplanet. Nur hier wird das Spice gewonnen, dass die mysteriöse Gilde der Navigatoren für das Reisen im All benötigt. Jahrhundertelang hat das Haus der Harkonnen auf Arrakis geherrscht, den Spice-Abbau kontrolliert und die Bewohner, das Wüstenvolk der Fremen, geknechtet. Nun übernimmt das Haus Atreides die Regentschaft. Herzog Leto Atreides, seine Konkubine Lady Jessica vom Orden der Bene Gesserit und ihr gemeinsamer Sohn Paul wollen Terror und Korruption den Garaus machen und den Fremen die Freiheit geben. Doch schnell werden sie durch Verrat des niederträchtigen Baron Harkonnen gestürzt. Paul und seine schwangere Mutter werden in der Wüste ausgesetzt. Die Fremen nehmen sie in ihren Stamm auf, denn sie sind überzeugt, dass sich ihre jahrhunderte alte Prophezeiung erfüllt und Paul der Muad'dib, der Messias ist, der sie in die Freiheit führen wird. Durch seine telepathischen Fähigkeiten, die er von seiner Mutter geeerbt hat, kann er die gigantischen, alles verschlingenden Sandwürmer beherrschen. Mit einer Partisanenarmee der Fremen und mit Hilfe der Übersinnlichen Gaben seiner kleinen Schwester Alia entfesselt Paul den Befreiungskrieg...
Children of Dune - Der Wüstenplanet Special Edition (2 DVDs) Regionalcode 2 FSK: Freigegeben ab 12 Jahren Darsteller: Susan Sarandon, Alec Newman, Daniela Amavia Regisseur: Greg Yaitanes DVD Erscheinungstermin: 10. November 2003
Paul Atreides ist der Herrscher des Wüstenplaneten Arrakis, auf dem das wertvolle "Spice" abgebaut wird, eine bewusstseinserweiternde Substanz, die das Leben verlängert und Reisen durch die Galaxie ermöglicht. Als Messias verehrt, führte Paul die Bewohner des Wüstenplaneten in einen heiligen Krieg und eroberte die Galaxis. Doch seine Machtfülle ruft Neider und Gegner auf den Plan. Es bildet sich eine Verschwörung, um Pauls Herrschaft zu brechen. Pauls einzige Hoffnung sind seine Kinder, Ghanina und Leto II. Das Schicksal des Wüstenplaneten und des ganzen Universums liegt in ihren Händen...
Brian Tyler Children of Dune
Erscheinungstermin: 27. Oktober 2003
36 Titel: u.a. Summon the worms; Salusus secundus
Am 31. Januar 2003 erschien Frank Herbert's "Dune" für PS2 und bereits am 13. November 2001 für Windows-PC...
Schlüpfen Sie in die Rolle von Paul, um die Fremen zu besiegen und die Harkonnen für immer von DUNE zu vertreiben. DUNE - nach dem Science-Fiction-Klassiker von Frank Herbert - ist ein fesselndes, interaktives Action-Adventure mit atemberaubender Grafik und atmosphärisch dichtem Sound...
Am 7. April 2003 erschien eine Neuauflage von "Dune 2000" für Windows-PC, welche auch unter XP & Co. funktionieren sollte...
Erleben Sie den "Command & Conquer"-Vorgänger in einer runderneuerten SVGA-Fassung inklusive Netzwerk- und Internet-Funktion und Cut-Scenes, aber mit allen Gebäuden und Einheiten des Originals. Wir schreiben das Jahr 10191. Im Universum tobt ein erbitteter Krieg um Spice. Seine magischen Kräfte versprechen ewiges Leben und die Fähigkeit zum interstellaren Überlichtgeschwindigkeitsflug. Um den Abbau des kostbaren Rohstoffs entbrennt auf dem Wüstenplaneten Dune ein erbitteter Kampf zwischen Gut und Böse. Denn wer das Spice besitzt, beherrscht das All...
Bereits am 15. Februar 2001 erschien "Dune 2000" für die PlayStation...
"Dune 2000" für die PlayStation setzt Maßstäbe für Echtzeitkämpfe in 3D. Dieses Erlebnis wird vom Marktführer für Echtzeitstrategien im Konsolenbereich geliefert: den Westwood Studios. Echtzeitstrategie war noch nie so fesselnd. Erkunden Sie ein völlig neuartiges Umgebungssystem mit detaillierten Einheiten und Strukturen in 3D. Wählen Sie einen von drei möglichen Charakteren aus, als der Sie kämpfen möchten. In 30 Missionen können Sie entweder als Mitglied des edlen Hauses Atreides, des bösen Hauses Harkonnen oder des heimtückischen Hauses Ordos antreten. Hochqualitative Filmsequenzen unterstreichen jeden hartumkämpften Sieg und bereiten Sie auf Ihre nächste Mission vor. Belagern Sie den Gegner mit unterschiedlichen Einheiten, von mit Waffen bestens ausgerüsteter Infanterie und Schallpanzern bis zum unglaublich zerstörungswütigen Devastator und Ornithopter. Mehr Mlglichkeiten als bei jeder anderen Echtzeitstrategie. Einzelmission, Kopf-an-Kopf über Link-Kabel oder Gefechtsmodus gegen bis zu drei Computergegner. Steuern Sie Ihre Einheiten mit einem Controller oder der Maus...