Denis Villeneuve, the director of Arrival and this year's Blade Runner sequel, will take on perhaps the most daunting challenge in science fiction: adapting Dune to film. The announcement was made via Frank Herbert's son, Brian Herbert, on Twitter.
Dune first graced the silver screen back in '84, when director David Lynch introduced a cinematic version of Atreides populated with Kyle MacLachlan, Max Von Sydow and Sting.
This has been a dream project for Villeneuve, but he didn't think it will actually happen.
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The studio has " t announced a timeline, but it stands to reason Villeneuve could tackle this project once he wraps up work on Blade Runner 2049, which opens in October. Whether Dune can spawn a bona fide franchise at Legendary will no doubt hinge on the potential success of Denis Villeneuve's redo, but given the studio now holds the IP's film and TV rights, the folks at Legendary clearly have big, big plans for what is undoubtedly a big, big sci-fi saga.
Set in a distant future, Dune explores an interstellar feud over control of a desert planet prized as the sole producer of a valuable, life-extending substance (a narcotic called melange, nicknamed "the spice") coveted across the universe. While the film was a commercial failure, it has since gained a cult reputation. If Villeneuve can somehow crack the enigma, fans may finally get the Dune adaptation that Herbert's iconic novels justly deserve.