GalleyCat passes along a rumor that Paramount might be interested in mounting another production of Dune.
Although I’m very fond of the original book (as opposed to any of its sequels), I find myself underwhelmed by the prospect. The David Lynch movie had some visual impact but didn’t tell the story capably; the versions on the SciFi Channel struck me as some of the worst television I had ever seen (for as long as I could stand to watch).
It took Hollywood three times to get The Maltese Falcon right, so maybe this is actually good news. But the thing is, I don’t think Dune is very amenable to film adaptation. There are too many characters, too many events for a single movie. A miniseries might work, or a multipart movie like the Jackson LotR. But the real impact of Dune comes from being in the heads of all these different people. A novel like that may never transfer well to the screen.