That “Dune” movie gestating over at Paramount? Well it’s dead. At least, to Paramount, who after 4 years of developing the movie with scripts and attaching directors (Peter Berg was supposed to direct at one point, but left for “Battleship”, and was replaced by Pierre Morel of “Taken” fame), the studio has now given up on the franchise, and is parting ways with the rights holder, Richard P. Rubinstein.
Says Rubinstein on the apparently amicable separation:
Paramount’s option has expired and we couldn’t reach an agreement. 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. Right now, Dune has no commitments or attachments.
Translation for that last part: “Anyone got some millions and want to take a stab at this thing?”
Meanwhile, over at lunar land, things are looking up for Doug Liman, who seems to have lost favor with the sci-fi alien invasion war movie “All You Need is Kill” and is now very keen on moving on to “Moon” (not to be confused with the Duncan Jones movie of the same name).
Heat Vision reports that Liman has begun meeting with potential leading men for the project, including Chris Pine and everyone’s current #1 wishlist candidate, Andrew Garfield.
The plot of Liman’s “Moon” (I’m guessing the title will be changed if the film gets a studio greenlight) couldn’t be more different from Jones':
The story centers on a renegade group of former space employees, led by an Eastern European woman, who travel the world, stealing space equipment in an attempt to go back to the moon to acquire an energy source. The last item to steal — or in this case, kidnap — is an ex-NASA employee.
Sounds a heck of a lot more action-oriented than Jones’ “Moon”. Liman is said to be meeting with Rosario Dawson, Megan Fox, Rachel McAdams, Eva Mendes, Zoe Saldana and Olivia Wilde for the female lead. If he gets the greenlight for “Moon”, chances are Liman will probably jet from “Kill”, which will, of course, need a new director since it’s already got a 2012 release date penned in.
Speaking of Duncan Jones, here’s an “Infographic” poster for his latest, “Source Code”, which coincidentally stars Jake Gyllenhaal, who was previously attached to star in Doug Liman’s “Moon” movie a few years back, but is now no longer attached. You can’t make this stuff up.
“Source Code” explains it all April 15, 2011.
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