Dune has always been a tough nut to crack. The 1965 best-selling science fiction novel by Frank Herbert was the subject of several attempts to be adapted into a movie through the 70s, including the now famous one attempted by Alejandro Jodorowsky that’s been memorialized in the documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune. So it was up to David Lynch, who, after making two cult classics in the form of Earaserhead and The Elephant Man, made a less than well-received version of the book in 1984. So in order to save the cinematic good name of Dune, it’s now up to another up-and-coming director.
So it seems that while he’s been enjoying his Oscar-nominated run for Arrival and prepping for the release of Blade Runner 2049 later this year, Denis Villeneuve has secured his next project for a science fiction trifecta, a remake of Dune. The announcement came from Brian Herbert, the son of Dune author Herbert, and he did it via Twitter of course…
It's official — Legendary Pictures has signed the very talented Denis Villeneuve to direct the exciting new DUNE series film project.
— Brian Herbert (@DuneAuthor) February 1, 2017
It’s been assumed since the project was first announced back in November that Villeneuve will be the one behind the camera. Legendary Pictures secured the rights to Dune late last year, and the movie will be produced by Thomas Tull, Mary Parent and Cale Boyter. This will be the third version of Dune to be adapted for the screen following the 1984 film and the 2000 Syfy channel miniseries by John Harrison, although Peter Berg attempted to mount a remake at Paramount Pictures in 2008.
Dune is the story of Paul Atreides, whose family takes stewardship of the planet Arrakis, home of the most valuable substance in the universe, spice, and is the subject of much political maneuvering amongst the noble families that rule the galaxy in the far future.
There’s no release date yet attached to the project, but we’ll have all the latest news on Dune as it becomes available.
Source: Bleeding Cool