Variety is treating it like news, but you have most likely known since December that Peter Berg was confirmed to direct the new Dune movie. However, the trade does add some more things to the mix.
It says that the new big screen adaptation of Frank Herbert's classic sci-fi novel will be at Paramount Pictures. Kevin Misher, who spent the past year obtaining the book rights from the Herbert estate, will produce via his Paramount-based company.
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 company. John Harrison and Mike Messina executive produce.