Peter Berg has signed on to direct the second big screen adaptation of Frank Herbert's classic sci-fi novel Dune. According to Variety, the film is being produced by Paramount Pictures.

The original 1965 novel centers on a remote desert planet called Arakis, which is the sole provider of the universally loved spice fuel Melange. A power struggle ensues over who will control the spice. Berg follows David Lynch, who directed the 1984 original. The property was also turned into a 2000 Sci Fi Channel miniseries that starred William Hurt.

Writers are currently being sought for the project. The producers are hoping for a faithful adaptation of the book. Paramount is envisioning it as a tentpole picture. We can most likely expect to see the film sometime in 2011.

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