Neil Marshall or Neill Blomkamp Might Replace Peter Berg on Dune


Hey Herbert heads… there’s a pretty big story developing this week around Paramount’s upcoming remake of Dune, which Peter Berg (Hancock, Friday Night Lights) has been attached to direct for the past couple of years. There’s been plenty of debate over whether or not Berg might finally be able to get it right on the big screen, but the latest word is that he has now decided to walk away from the project, leaving Paramount in desperate need of a new director. Here’s the good news: there are two very intriguing names currently being lined up to replace him.

According to Pajiba, the studio is currently considering both Neill Blomkamp (District 9) and Neil Marshall (The Descent, Doomsday) for the job. Believe it or not, producer Kevin Misher is leaning toward Marshall, but Paramount execs aren’t entirely confident that he can handle a big budget tentpole. It is a little surprising that Marshall would be considered for this at all, especially after Doomsday received mixed reviews, but I’d be excited about having either one of these guys at the helm. What I’m less excited about is the fact that Robert Pattinson is also supposedly being courted for the lead role, but who knows, that possibility may have left with Peter Berg. What do you think, is this good news for Dune? Who would you rather see direct: Neil or Neill?

  • jaime

    MIGTH? What is that Sean?

  • Duke Togo

    Haven’t seen Marshall’s work, I guess Dune could be as epic as Lotr, giant worms and all, but Dune doesn’t have as big a rabid fanbase to see the movie 10 times in theaters. I’d want to see Blomkamp directing Danny Boyle’s production of Judge Dredd.

  • Justice

    Neil Marshall has a much better filmography as a whole but I think he’s a bit more suited (at least from what we’ve seen) for small, more focused genre films, though I REALLY wanted him to get Predators. I’d be worried Blomkamp would be in way over his head, but I’d probably lean more towards him with a large scale scifi pic. Really either way has potentials and pitfalls.

  • Pete

    I think it d be more interesting (and profitable on their end) to do it as a series…when Lynches 3hour epic came out the theatre gave you crib notes fer cryin out loud…

    so you have a series with website interaction to bring people up to speed/inform…some properties are built for a mainstream franchise…some maybe too complicated…

  • swarez

    I lean more towards Blomkamp because he’s a sci-fi nut whether as Marshal is more of a horror guy. Plus Blomkamp visuals would blow anyone else out of the water.

  • Maopheus

    I totally forgot that Patrick Stewart was in Dune.

  • Kwiasatz Haderach

    Blomkamp maybe – District 9 was intersting and open minded enough. The other dude? no way- who the f*&^is he? He’s done 4 films and crap ones at that. But what about the old favourites; Ridley Scott- if anything his attention to detail and godlike cinematography will preserve the film for the fanboys. Caameron maybe. Spielberg – rather not. Peter Jackson? maybe but he could well be a 1 trick pony.

  • Maopheus

    I suppose it’s pointless to ask anymore, as just about everything is a candidate for re-boots, re-makes, re-whatever, but I’m not seeing the demand for a Dune re-do. I’ve never read the books or saw the first film, but the series always seemed to me to be a real gigantic, epic kind of story spanning several volumes that doesn’t really translate to a single movie. Pete mentioned the complexity and density of the story with a lot of characters, history and backstory. To do it justice, it’d probably have to be done Lord of the Rings-style, but it’d probably cost too much, take too long to make, and I don’t see the market out there for Dune.

  • stevie_baby

    Forget either of them, I’m still pining for an epic James Cameron directed Dune.

  • Pat

    according to wikipedia neill bloomkamp is directing dune. if so it should be sick, i loved the books and also loved bloomkamp’s d-9 so hopefully it should be a good mix