Frank Herbert's 'Dune' has already been the subject of a feature film and a miniseries, but that hasn't stopped Hollywood from trying to bring yet another incarnation of the "world's bestselling science-fiction novel" to the silver screen. Unfortunately, fans longing for a return trip to Arrakis will have to wait. After four years of development, Paramount has walked away from the project according to producer Richard P. Rubenstein.

Herbert's novel, published in 1965, was a complex (and somewhat allegorical) tale about a galactic empire where individual family houses control various planets. Paul Atreides and his family find themselves embroiled in a huge power struggle after they're granted control of the planet Arrakis -- the only place in the galaxy where the valuable spice Melange grows.

Read on past the jump for more on 'Dune''s tumultuous history and what this latest setback means.
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