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.