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'Dune' RemakeAnother day, another remake.

Hollywood has become so obsessed with remaking or rebooting every possible hit from the past that they regularly invoke the ire of purist fans and critics. The news that Pierre Morel will direct a new 'Dune' remake just fuels the fire; firstly because this is the third cinematic incarnation of Frank Herbert's legendary sci-fi novel (big screen version in '84, small screen Sci-Fi Channel version in '00) and secondly because Morel comes from a background of smaller budget action movies. 'Dune' RemakeAnother day, another remake.

Hollywood has become so obsessed with remaking or rebooting every possible hit from the past that they regularly invoke the ire of purist fans and critics. The news that Pierre Morel will direct a new 'Dune' remake just fuels the fire; firstly because this is the third cinematic incarnation of Frank Herbert's legendary sci-fi novel (big screen version in '84, small screen Sci-Fi Channel version in '00) and secondly because Morel comes from a background of smaller budget action movies.

A cinematographer by trade, Morel has worked behind the lens of fist-flying flicks like 'The Transporter' and 'War' (both starring Jason Statham) and directed the parkour-propelled sci-fi movie 'District B13' and the Liam Neeson revenge flick 'Taken,' which was a surprise hit last January. He clearly has an action movie pedigree and worked with name talent, but he has yet to work with a massive budget and a more crowded A-list cast.

Let's be fair about this. Big name directors first prove themselves by putting a lot on screen with limited means. A young man named Peter Jackson had only done a couple of small movies and a modestly budgeted ghost thriller ('The Frighteners') before getting the chance to direct the massively popular 'Lord Of The Rings' trilogy. So there.

More importantly, however, is whether we need yet another 'Dune' movie. While David Lynch's big screen version was controversial for its large budget, story changes and polarized response from hardcore fans, it has gained a cult following over the years. The Sci-Fi Channel mini-series fared better, winning two Emmys and spawning a sequel, 'Children Of Dune.' But unless there will be a radical new vision for this adaptation, it will probably inspire more barbs that it is just another cash-in. Fans are already divided -- some are stoked, others are yawning.

Prove us wrong, Pierre!