After being rumored for the project late last year, it’s now official: Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Sicario) will direct a new adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune for Legendary Pictures. The company recently scooped up rights to the property and Villeneuve was very vocal in the press about it being a dream project of his. That dream is about to become reality. Brian Herbert, son of the late author Frank, confirmed the filmmaker’s involvement last night on social media…
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
While it’s entirely possible it could be its own odd project or an adaptation of one of the many novels, I think it’s probably safe to say that this will be an adaptation of Frank Herbert’s original novel. The first three Dune books form a great trilogy that would easily provide a set of films for Legendary. Things get a bit weirder as the series went on, both in terms of sequels and the prequels co-written by Brian. Given that Legendary holds both film and television rights for the property, I won’t be too surprised if those become fodder for one or more shows. I’d at least bet on film adaptations of Dune, Dune Messiah, and Children of Dune, however.
Villeneuve is, of course, no stranger to science fiction. Beyond the offbeat Enemy and last year’s hit, Arrival, the French-Canadian filmmaker also has Blade Runner 2049 hitting this year. Dune is likely at least a few years off for Villeneuve, however, since Legendary has only just begun to develop the property. A writer will need to be hired to hash out a script and the resulting film will be FX-heavy, so were looking at an arrival date of no sooner than 2019. Given Villeneuve’s current work ethic, I imagine he will manage to direct one or two more features before Dune arrives before our eyes.
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