Exactly one month ago, Legendary Entertainment announced that it had acquired the film and television rights to Frank Herbert’s award-winning science fiction novel Dune, with plans to turn the classic property into a possible franchise.
Now, Variety has revealed that Blade Runner 2049 and Arrival helmer Denis Villeneuve is in early talks to direct the project for the studio. The trade adds that it’s unknown if Villeneuve would also be involved in any potential television-related Dune projects.
Here’s what Dune is basically about:
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’s relationship to nature as Paul leads a rebellion to restore his family’s control of Arrakis.
The project won’t mark the first time that Dune has been adapted into a movie. David Lynch directed the original 1984 film, which was met with polarizing reviews but has since gained cult status. The 2000 Dune mini-series also remains one of the highest rated programs on the Sci-Fi channel.
Legendary’s Dune reboot hasn’t received a release date yet, but we’ll keep you updated.