peter berg not directing dune

Do you feel the shock waves flowing through the geek kingdom right now? I do, and their all stemming from the reports that director Peter Berg has dropped out of the highly anticipated remake of Dune. The film has been in development for a very long time, and there haven’t been that many production updates since it’s announcement a while ago. With Berg off the case, who will they get to take over a film of this magnitude?

According to Chud (via Pajiba), with Berg out the studio is actively looking for his replacement. Even though this news may came as a surprise to some of us, Paramount seems to be prepared. They already have an idea of who they want to take over the reigns in Peter’s absence.

“They’re looking for a director who can put the movie together for under $175 million, which sounds manageable, but they don’t want anything resembling the crap effects of the ‘84 film, and  they want a director who already has a preexisting passion for the novel and is enthusiastic about the project.”

Two directors have popped up in the midst of all of this, and oddly enough they have the same first name. Neill Blomkamp and Neil Marshall have been cited as possible replacements, but Marshall may have the leg up because he was actually sent a copy of the script earlier this month. He’s a favorite of the producers, but the biggest obstacle in the way of him directing this film is his lack of blockbuster clout. The Decent doesn’t really do it for Paramount.

The bottom line is, Dune has hit a rough patch and it might be awhile before we see it in theaters. My biggest question is, why do we have to make this movie again? Could this be a sign that maybe this is a bad idea?

What do you think of Peter Berg leaving Dune? Who should be his replacement?