'Dune': A Mini Cheat Sheet On The History Of The Remake

The arrival of "Taken" director Pierre Morel on the planet Arrakis is the latest development in the twisty history of a big screen remake of "Dune." Based on the 1965 sci-fi novel, David Lynch's version—awesomely weird, or just plain weird, depending on your sensibilities—arrived in 1984. Little over two decades later, rumors that a second cinematic take was in the works.

In the fall of 2007, Ain't It Cool News suggested that "Friday Night Lights" director Peter Berg was Paramount's top choice to helm the remake. That December, MTV News exclusively confirmed the news.

"If it weren't for the writer's strike, we'd be in it right now," Berg told us.

Describing the size and scope of the film, the director said, "Big, big, big."

Exciting stuff, no doubt. But then we didn't hear anything for a while. Berg launched his very first blockbuster with "Hancock" and fielded an avalanche of other offers, from war films like "Lone Survivor" to documentaries like "Kings Ransom" to action flicks like "Battleship." But when MTV spoke with Berg last September, the director was still very much committed to the project.

"There's definitely a franchise potential," he said, adding that he and screenwriter Josh Zetumer were hard at work on a 200 page script that was "a massive epic."

While Berg wouldn't address potential casting decisions at the time, there were even wild rumors that "Twilight" vamp Robert Pattinson might take a role, possibly a starring one as hero Paul Atreides (played in 1984 by Kyle MacLachlan). Yet by October, word leaked that Berg had left "Dune."

Did that mean "Dune" was dunzo? Nope. On Monday (January 4), EW.com broke news that Paramount had locked down Morel. Word is that the studio is in the process of looking for a writer to rework Zetumer's hefty draft for what is described as a very faithful adaptation of the source material.