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Dune Remake Gets Arrival Director Denis Villeneuve

1 February 2017 8:31 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Last month, just before the holiday season, it was reported that director Denis Villeneuve, who is coming off the critically-acclaimed Arrival and is in post-production on Blade Runner 2049, is in talks to direct the Dune remake for Legendary Pictures. Today we have confirmation from Brian Herbert, author and the son of late Dune author Frank Herbert, that the filmmaker has officially signed on to direct this remake. Here's what Brian Herbert had to say on social media.

"It's official. Legendary Pictures has signed the very talented Denis Villeneuve to direct the exciting new Dune series film project."

We reported in November that Legendary Pictures has picked up the film and TV rights for Dune, and with Brian Herbert describing this as the "Dune series film project", it seems that Denis Villeneuve is developing both the movie and TV series as well. Brian Herbert wouldn't elaborate further in his Twitter statement, »

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Revenge Thriller Hard Powder Nets Liam Neeson

31 January 2017 11:07 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It was Pierre Morel’s hardboiled Taken in 2008 that unearthed a very particular set of skills from one Liam Neeson – skills that made him a dream for studio executives who went on to typecast the Oscar-winner as the gruff, one-man army on a mission to kill everyone and anyone that stood in his path.

Of course, there have been times when Neeson has taken time off from pummelling baddies and saving the world to focus on more character-driven material (see: Silence and the poignant, heartbreaking A Monster Calls), but Variety is reporting that the actor is ready to dip his toe back into the action genre for Hard Powder, a revenge thriller in which he’ll play the role of an upright snowplow driver.

Hans Petter Moland is directing, while screenwriter Frank Baldwin has been tasked with adapting the Norwegian film In Order of Disappearance. From the fleeting logline relayed by Variety, »

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UTA Signs ‘Taken’ Helmer Pierre Morel

12 January 2017 3:30 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: UTA just emerged victorious in a signing derby for Taken director Pierre Morel. The filmmaker had been repped by CAA and had been in play since his agent Spencer Baumgarten left. Baumgarten, now at ICM Partners, was in the mix, as was Verve, but the team at UTA won the day. Morel, who came up as a cinematographer working closely with Luc Besson in France, has directed Taken, District B13, From Paris With Love and most recently the Sean Penn-starrer The Gunman… »

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