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Paramount dropping Dune + Doug Liman’s Moon project heats up + World War Z in danger of cancellation

After four years, Paramount Pictures has ended their plans to develop a new new movie based on the novel series Dune. Paramount allowed their rights to the property to lapse. Here’s what Richard P. Rubinstein, who controls the rights said about the news [via Deadline]:

“I’m going to look at my options, […] Sci-Fi Movies: Superman, Captain America, The Hobbit, The Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Wolverine, Robocop + more

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In this week’s Sci-Fi Movies column Superman gets a daddy and reveals more details, The Hobbit starts filming, Robocop and Daredevil pick up a directors while Wolverine loses one, and more details including Captain America synopsis and image.

Summary of Column Contents

  • Confirmed: Kevin Costner is Jonathan Kent in Zack Snyder’s Superman
  • Filming begins on The Hobbit + New set images
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt cast in “The Dark Knight Rises”, but role unconfirmed
  • Official synopsis for Captain America: The First Avenger + New photo and clip
  • Hunger Games author comments on casting of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss
  • David Slade to direct new Daredevil movie
  • Martin Sheen praises The Amazing Spider-Man’s Andrew Garfield + Lizard confirmed
  • MGM changes Red Dawn remake villains from the Chinese to the North Koreans
  • New synopsis for Joss Whedon’s The Avengers
  • Darren Aronofksy pulls out of The Wolverine
  • Jose Padilha closes deal to direct Robocop
  • Star Trek’s Chris Pine in contention for Akira
  • Paramount ends quest to develop new Dune movie.
  • New “Director’s Cut” of Albert Pyun’s Captain America on the way
  • World War Z in danger

All that and more plus the latest casting bites, images and videos.

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Pierre Morel Talks Dune

Recently, Pierre Morel (Taken, From Paris With Love) was interviewed by MTV and offered his plans for Dune, which he says will be “very respectful” to Frank Herbert’s original novel.  Morel says that they start the writing process within the next few weeks and that he would like for the film — which he calls a re-interpretation of the original novel — to be the next he does. Here’s an excerpt.

“Like many people, I was not fully satisfied with David Lynch’s movie in 1984,” Morel told us in a recent phone interview. “I do respect David, and I think his interpretation and vision was interesting, but not what we [fans] expected. And I thought I’d give it a chance, try to do this, make it faster and more modern. I think that now, in 2010, we have the technology to achieve much more than David could do twenty-five years ago. I think it will be cool to try something different.”

For more, including Morel’s thoughts on how the clothes and future technology will be represented, head on over the jump.

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Peter Berg Talks Dune

Director Peter Berg discussed his in development film based on Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel Dune

“I think I had a much more different experience, I think, with the book than David Lynch did,” Berg told SCI FI Wire in an interview at last week’s Television Critics Association summer press tour in […]