It all stems from a quote someone grabbed from Byron Merritt (Frank Herbert's grandson) on a Dune discussion forum:
“We're getting VERY close to a deal. Heard that news today,” he posted on Friday, following that up with, “Although only rumor, I've heard that "someone" at the studio wants Dune reallllly bad and has been a fan of the novel for "years." They're not saying who this is (and it might just be hype) but I'm holding out hope that whoever this might be is a big enough fan that he/she will do the book justice. Supposedly it's some director.”
This rumor comes from the same guy that tipped everyone off that Brett Ratner is directing Escape from New York instead of Len Wiseman. So is this rumor something that could actually happen?
Just because SOMEONE at a studio happens to like the book and wants to make it a movie, and that SOMEONE happens to be a director, means absolutely nothing. Unless the director is a film making icon the average working helmsman probably doesn't have the kind of gravitas needed to get a project like this off the ground.
AICN says its Paramount and director Peter Berg showing the interest.
But what's wrong with David Lynch's version? I thought it was visionary and fun to watch. Why does Hollywood continuously feel the need to reinvent the wheel every 20 years?
Because a "re-imagining" of a favorite film can make money for the studio using a familiar story that has worked in the past. Its all about money. Its always about money.