It was exactly one month ago that we first got word that a reboot of the sci-fi cult classic Dune is in the works to recap:
Legendary has just acquired film and TV rights to Frank Herbert’s seminal science fiction novel Dune after coming to agreement with the Herbert estate. Any project will be produced by Thomas Tull, Mary Parent and Cale Boyter, with Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert serving as executive producers.
In the novel (Official Synopsis): Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides whose family accepts control of the desert planet Arrakis. As the only producer of a highly valuable resource, control of Arrakis is highly contested among the noble families. After Paul and his family are betrayed, the story explores themes of politics, religion, and man’s relationship to nature as Paul leads a rebellion to restore his family’s control of Arrakis.
Variety has just announced that Dune may have landed its director, and he’s no stranger to complex sci-fi: Expect to see Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival at next year’s Academy Awards; his current project, Blade Runner 2049, will hit theaters in 2017. He seems like the perfect man for the job!
Sources tell Variety that Villeneuve is in early talks to direct Legendary’s “Dune” reboot for the company. Legendary has not commented on the news. Prior to the Thanksgiving holiday, Legendary closed a deal with the Frank Herbert estate for the rights his iconic novel, granting the production entity not only rights to film but also TV-based projects on the sci-fi property.
We’ll keep you posted as additional details emerge. Stay tuned!