The planned film remake of Dune looks to have been scrapped.
The Paramount studio had reportedly been trying to get a new version of the Sting-starring 1984 sci-fi epic off the ground for four years.
But studio chiefs have apparently now walked away from the project after the rights expired.
Rights owner Richard P Rubenstein told Deadline.com: “Paramount‘s option has expired and we couldn’t reach an agreement. I’m going to look at my options, whether I wind up taking the script we developed in turnaround, or start over I’m not sure yet.”
He suggested that the studio chiefs may have exited the project due to budget concerns.