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Wednesday January 6, 2010 4:37 pm

Remake News: Dune, 21 Jump Street and More


Dune: “He who controls the spice, controls the universe!” Frank Herbert’s 1965 science fiction book, Dune, will get another shot at the big screen thanks to Paramount. Pierre Morel, the director behind the wildly successful Taken, has just been assigned to the futuristic tale. (David Lynch directed Universal’s 1984 release.) No writer has yet been chosen for the new adaptation.

Vision Quest: Attention, all you cougars—it appears Taylor Lautner will be hanging on to those abs for a while. According to E! Online, the New Moon hunk is in talks to board a Vision Quest reboot. The 1985 entry featured Matthew Modine has a high school wrestler who becomes involved with an older woman. The new version will reportedly be “very faithful” to the original.

21 Jump Street: The show that launched Johnny Depp’s career is being retooled for the big screen. 21 Jump Street, a story about undercover cops posing as high school students, is being co-produced by Stephen J. Cannell—one of the FOX show’s creators. Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) are in talks to helm this project.

The Orphanage: The already-announced remake of The Orphanage now has a new director. Mark Pellington, the man behind The Mothman Prophecies, will now be in charge of the American version. Larry Fessenden, who was originally scheduled to direct, will still be writing the script with producer Guillermo del Toro.

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