class=”alignleft size-full wp-image-54960″ title=”Dune Sandworm” src=”” alt=”” width=”207″ height=”153″ />The journey from page to screen for popular works of fiction has always proved a challenging one, and classic sci-fi tale Dune is no exception.

Deadline is reporting that Paramount (the studio who currently has the rights to Frank Herbert’s best-selling novel) will be done with the material by next spring if it hasn’t managed to begin production by then.

It’s been a long and winding road for past filmmakers who have attempted to adapt the seminal sci-fi tale. Both nutty South American visionary Alejandro Jodorowsky and pre-Blade Runner Ridley Scott were attached to different versions before David Lynch brought it to the big screen in 1984. The film was both a critical and box-office failure (although it has since developed somewhat of a cult reputation).

The material has been strong enough to encourage a TV miniseries and sequels a couple of years back, and since being picked up by Paramount almost four years ago, various directors such as Peter Berg and Pierre Morel have had a stab at bringing it back.

There is now a new draft of the script written by newcomer Chase Palmer which the studio and producers intend on shopping around in a last attempt to attract any potential directors.

Here’s hoping someone can finally deliver a film version which stays faithful to the original source material.