The big screen remake of sci-fi epic DUNE has been thrown into jeopardy after French director PIERRE MOREL walked away from the project.
The Taken filmmaker quit work on the new adaptation of Frank Herbert's classic novel, penned by Quantum of Solace writer Josh Zetumer, after almost a year of development.
Filming was due to begin this year (10) but now executives at Paramount Pictures are reportedly preparing to cut their losses by selling the rights if no progress is made by spring (11), according to Moviefone.com.
Morel got the project back on track in January (10) after Peter Berg quit as director last year (09).
Movie maverick David Lynch made Dune into a hit movie with Sting among his stars in 1984 and it was turned into a TV mini-series in 2000.
There's already an Oscars buzz surrounding this movie.