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?