Denis Villeneuve, director of last year's highly successful sci-fi thriller Arrival as well as this year's Blade Runner 2049, has officially accepted the job of creating a new Dune film series, a sci-fi property that has foiled many talented directors in the past.
The confirmation of any director being attached to the franchise is exciting enough, as the Dune series has been in limbo for a number of years following the 1984 failure, but the fact that it's Villeneuve is phenomenal.
In any case, Villeneuve seems up for the challenge He told Variety earlier this year that adapting the novel was his "longstanding dream".
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In November of 2016, 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.
We'd imagine that Villeneuve will move to Dune once he's done and dusted with Blade Runner 2049.
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. There, Kyle MacLachlan headlined as Paul Atreides. Critics hated it at the time, and the film was admittedly kind of a mess, but it's still something of a cult hit. The tale was also adapted as a TV miniseries in 2000. There have been other unsuccessful attempts to get a new movie version off the ground, most recently with Patriots Day director Peter Berg at the helm. Brian has followed in his father's footsteps and has written over a dozen Dune novels, prequels and sequels included.