Variety reports that Legendary has hired Eric Roth, the Academy Award winning writer of Forrest Gump, to pen the script for director Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming Dune reboot.
Legendary acquired the film and television rights to Frank Hebert’s classic science fiction novel late last year with Arrival director Denis Villeneuve officially signing on to helm a feature film reboot in February, 2017. Villeneuve has described the reboot as a dream project.
Dune was adapted into a feature film in 1984 by director David Lynch, receiving mixed reviews but becoming a cult favorite. In 2000, the novel was later adapted as a miniseries on the Sci-Fi channel.
A synopsis of Dune reads as follows:
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.
Roth’s previous credits include the Academy Award nominated films The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Munich.
No release date for the Dune reboot has been announced, though Villeneuve has confirmed that the film will be his next project after Blade Runner 2049.