Dune remake officially eyeing Denis Villeneuve to direct
According to Variety,¬†Legendary‚Äės Dune remake is eyeing Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Arrival, Blade Runner 2049)¬†to direct.¬†The¬†Canadian helmer had previously told the trade back in September that,¬†‚ÄúA longstanding dream of mine is to adapt ‚ÄėDune,‚Äô but it‚Äôs a long process to get the rights, and I don‚Äôt think I will succeed.‚ÄĚ
Last month, Legendary and the¬†Frank Herbert estate announced their intent to bring¬†Dune¬†to both movie and television¬†screens, with all projects to¬†be produced by Thomas Tull, Mary Parent and Cale Boyter, with Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert serving as executive producers. It‚Äôs interesting that¬†Villeneuve may jump from Blade Runner to Dune, as Ridley Scott did just the opposite in the early ‚Äô80s when he dropped out of a planned adaptation of Dune in order to make the original¬†Blade Runner.
Set in the distant future, 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‚Äôs relationship to nature as Paul leads a rebellion to restore his family‚Äôs control of Arrakis.
A Dune movie was previously realized in 1984 with director David Lynch¬†at the helm. There,¬†Kyle MacLachlan¬†headlined as Paul Atreides. While the film underperformed at the box office, it has since gained popularity as a cinematic cult classic. Herbert‚Äôs novels were later adapted for television with¬†Syfy¬†adapting both the first and third books (Dune and Children of Dune) as television miniseries. More recently, the 2013 documentary Jodorowsky‚Äôs Dune¬†examined director Alejandro Jodorowsky‚Äôs failed attempts at making his own Dune movie.
With a fully realized science fiction universe that spans millennia, Dune¬†has the potential to go as big as Legendary wants to make it. Herbert himself wrote five literary Dune sequels and, beginning in 1999, new Dune novels¬†began being published. Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert teamed to write more than dozen novels¬†that expanded on the Dune universe.
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