Paramount has cried “Uncle” and let the option rights to Dune lapse without a movie or show created. It’s not hard to see why, the series is almost too big for the screen. A three or four picture deal would be the only real way to tackle this sand monster. Take a look at the movie – not enough book material used. Now look at the miniseries – too much book material crammed in there in too short a space. Someone out there must be able to find that magic sweet spot, Jackson did it for Lord of the Rings.
The Dune rights have reverted to Richard P. Rubenstein, the liaison to the Frank Herbert estate and ABC. Deadline quotes Mr. Rubenstein saying “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.”
So Rubenstein is not gonna just sit on a scifi property like Dune forever. He has to make something and re-energize the property and get those Herbert fans back in the theater or glued to their television screens. Those fans who want to see the book series treated well should be more worried about the next phase, as Rubenstein suggested that he’s not willing to sign over rights only to wait another several years for a film to get made. There is the most recent script, (Chase Palmer and Pierre Morel), reported to do a good job of molding the story into something that would work as a feature movie.