Chase Palmer may have zero feature film writing credits under his belt (at least, none that have made it to the big screen yet), but he’s about to get a big one. According to THR, he has been hired by Paramount Pictures to work on the script for the upcoming film Dune. The movie — which will be based on Frank Herbert’s novel — is being directed by Taken and From Paris with Love‘s Pierre Morel.

The significance of Palmer coming on to the project is that he will be tasked with working Morel’s ideas into the existing script by Josh Zetumer. According to reports, Morel wants the new film to be even more closely tied to Herbert’s original work.

It’s hard to predict how a new version of Dune will go, especially with the rather interesting choice of Morel in the director’s chair. But for now, I think we can agree that going close to Herbert’s novel isn’t exactly a bad thing.


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