New Film Version of Dune: "its theme of finite ecological resources is particularly timely"
Another film version of the classic sci-fi novel Dune by Frank Hebert is planned, this time with Peter Berg as director. There's an interesting quote in the announcement: "The filmmakers consider [Dune's] theme of finite ecological resources particularly timely." Indeed. Hard not to see the link between Arrakis' spice Melange and the Earth's oil, or even to consider the implications of a world where water is so scarce that drastic measures have to be taken.
Of course, it is just fiction, but like the (attrocious) The Day After Tomorrow, it might indirectly raise ecological awareness with the general public. ::Berg to direct 'Dune' for Paramount, via ::Sentient Developments