A little while back, we here at Nerdbastards told you that the powers that be over at Legendary had closed a deal with the Frank Herbert estate to clear the rights for either a Dune TV series or a feature film. It looks like the reboot/remake train is moving along as now a feature length films is about to get started for Frank Herbert’s beloved science fiction novels. With a new film (possibly film series) underway, who’s going to be the director?
Director Denis Villeneuve has been on a roll. Recently he has been hitting it out of the park with such films as Prisoners, Sicario, Arrival, and next year’s Blade Runner 2049. The director had previously stated that he would absolutely want to direct a Dune film.
“I had been wanting to do sci-fi for a very long time. 2001: A Space Odyssey is a movie that really impressed me as a teenager. And also Blade Runner. And Close Encounters of the Third Kind is also one of my favorites. I’m always looking for sci-fi material, and it’s difficult to find original and strong material that’s not just about weaponry. A longstanding dream of mine is to adapt “Dune,” but it’s a long process to get the rights, and I don’t think I will succeed. Also I would love to write something myself. I have two [sci-fi] projects right now that are in very [early] stages. It’s too early to talk about them.”
The in-demand director has started negotiations to helm a Dune film. Right now it’s early as we are only in the negotiations phase, so it’s far from finalized. With Arrival being one of the best science-fiction movies this year, and the director revitalizing Blade Runner (arguably one of the best science films ever made), him directing a reboot of the Dune Saga would be a welcome film and would almost be guaranteed to be able to print money. After all, the Dune novels are some of the best-selling books of all time.