From Sci-Fi’s Web site:

Dune Film Rumor Emerges

C.H.U.D. reported a rumor that a new movie version of Frank Herbert’s classic SF novel Dune may be in the works. The site cites Byron Merritt, who runs the official Dune novel forums and is a member of the Herbert family.

« We’re getting VERY close to a deal. Heard that news today, » Merritt reportedly posted on Aug. 24. « Although only rumor, I’ve heard that ’someone’ at the studio wants Dune reallllly bad and has been a fan of the novel for years. They’re not saying who this is (and it might just be hype), but I’m holding out hope that whoever this might be is a big enough fan that he/she will do the book justice. Supposedly it’s some director. »