Peter Berg Journeys Back to 'Dune'
Paramount is developing the latest adaptation of Frank Herbert's novel
According to Variety, Kevin Misher secured the rights to Herbert's book and will produce for Paramount.
Herbert wrote his novel in 1965, focusing on the desert planet of Arrakis, source of Melange, a drug/spice that prolongs life and enables interstellar travel.
"Dune" was adapted for the big screen in 1984 by David Lynch and in the form of a 2000 Sci Fi Channel miniseries. Both versions have both devoted adherents and myriad naysayers.
Paramount has the film out to writers, looking for a faithful adaptation. The trade paper says that the studio views the production as a potential tentpole film (Lynch's "Dune" was a high-priced box office disappointment).
Berg is putting the finishing touches on his latest directing effort, the Will Smith vehicle "Hancock." His other credits include the feature and pilot versions of "Friday Night Lights," plush "The Rundown," which was also produced by Misher.