Paramount Sets Course for Dune

Get ready for more CG-animated giant worms and other fantastic extraterrestrial sights as Paramount Pictures goes into development on a new film based on Frank Herbert’s 1965 science-fiction novel Dune, Daily Variety reports. On board to helm the project is director Peter Berg, whose Will Smith superhero comedy, Hancock, is set to arrive in theaters this summer.

Herbert’s Hugo Award-winning space epic is set on a remote desert planet known as Arrakis, which is valued as the sole source of a much-sought-after spice that grants immortality and facilitates space travel. The book spawned several sequels and was first adapted for the big screen by David Lynch in 1984. It was tackled again as a SCI FI Channel miniseries that aired in 2000 and was followed by Children of Dune a couple years later.

New Amsterdam’s Richard Rubenstein, who produced SCI FI’s Dune and Children of Dune, is also producing Paramount’s pic with Sarah Aubrey from Berg’s production company Film 44. Kevin Misher will also produce, with John Harrison and Mike Messina on board as exec producers.