It was confirmed by Brian Herbert on Twitter that Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Arrival, Blade Runner 2049) has been signed to direct Legendary’s upcoming remake of Dune. Brian Herbert who is the son of original writer Frank Herbert, has authored more than a dozen sequel/prequel novels of the “Dune” in partnership with Kevin J. Anderson. Some of his works are “Hunters of Dune” (2006) and the “Sandworms of Dune” (2007).
The Canadian Director Villeneuve had earlier told Variety back in September last year that , “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.”
It was in November 2016 that Legendary and Frank Herbert estate went on to announce their plans to introduce Dune on movie as well as TV screens. The various projects will be produced by the team of Thomas Tull, Mary Parent and CaleBoyter, and Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert will come onboard as executive producers. The shift that Villeneuve will make by switching over from Blade Runner franchise to Dune is going to be interesting and Ridley Scott had done the exact opposite of it by leaving in the lurch a Dune adaptation to create the original Blade Runner.
The Dune is the story of Paul Atreides based in far off future. Paul’s family controls a desert planet Arrakis which is the only producer of a high-value material. This makes Arrakis a bone of contention among various royal families. Paul and his families suffer betrayal and the story goes on to exploit things like politics, religion and human-nature relationships during Paul’s endeavour to reinstate his family as the controllers of Arrakis.
In 1984, A Dune film was directed by David Lynch and featured Kyle MacLachlan as Paul Atreides. Though the film tanked at the box-office it did get followership as a cult classic film. Later the novels written by Herbert saw their Television adaptation when his first and third books Dune and Children of Dune were converted by Syfy into TV miniseries. In 2013, a documentary titled Jodorowsky’s Dune was based on the failed efforts of Director Alejandro Jodorowsky at making his own version of a Dune movie.
A well defined imaginary universe stretched across a millennium, Dune can be as big as Legendary aims to make it. Five Dune sequels have been written by Herbert himself and 1999 onwards, new Dune books co-authored by Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert have begun publication and they have already written over a dozen of those Dune universe novels.