The best-selling sci-fi novel that defeated filmmakers David Lynch and Alejandro Jodorowsky could be taken on by Blade Runner 2049’s Denis Villeneuve.
Villeneuve is currently in talks with studio Legendary to direct a remake of the epic space opera Dune. While Paramount have been trying to get a new Dune off the ground for years, their rights to the franchise expired in 2011, meaning Legendary could snap up the opportunity. The SyFy channel attempted a revival with their two mini-series, with green-screen CGI that worked for the time but was quickly outdated.
Legendary’s deal with the Frank Herbert estate allows for both a film and a TV series following the Atreides family and their struggle for control of the desert planet Arrakis, where they can find both a “Spice” that allows for interstellar travel and deadly sandworms. The novel is heavy and philosophical and only the first of six, meaning any franchise treatment will present a hefty challenge - but if anyone could be up for it, it’s Villeneuve. He already has Sicario under his belt which proves his prowess as a filmmaker but also this years outstanding sci-fi Arrival shows that he has the skill to make a great sci-fi film.
There is nothing official yet, however, so keep your eyes peeled for more news as it comes. Villeneuve’s current project, Blade Runner 2049, will be out next October.