The Spice No Longer Flows: DUNE Dead At Paramount

Muad’dib has been conquered by the bean counters of the Padishah Emperor Paramount.

It’s probably for the best. After four years of trying to wrangle Frank Herbert’s scifi masterpiece Dune into a movie, Paramount has thrown up their hands and quit. The movie is now dead.

But Dune could live on. Richard P Rubinstein, who holds the rights, isn’t giving up just yet. “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,” he tells Deadline.

Dune feels like a tough movie to make work; David Lynch certainly couldn’t, and the SciFi Channel miniseries ended up being faithful but at 6 hours of tedium. Dune‘s just not cinematic, and I extend my sympathies to anyone who tries to wrangle it into a movie.

That said, I think Dune would make a kick-ass MMORPG, and I have it all laid out in my head. Rich, give me a call. We’ll make video game history.