Legendary has set veteran “Forrest Gump” scribe Eric Roth to pen Denis Villeneuve’s new film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s “Dune”. Legendary closed a deal with the Frank Herbert estate late last year to develop films and TV series from the iconic sci-fi property.
Set in the distant future, the original novel follows the young Paul Atreides whose noble family accepts control of the desert planet Arrakis. As the only planet capable of producing the highly valuable resource ‘spice’ used for space travel, control of Arrakis is highly contested amongst the noble families.
When 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 work has previously been adapted for the screen twice – as a 1984 film directed by David Lynch starring Kyle MacLachlan, and a 2000 TV mini-series starring Alec Newman. Acclaimed filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky attempted to do a ten-hour feature adaptation in the mid-1970s that never took off, while Peter Berg and Pierre Morel were linked to another failed attempt at a film between 2008 and 2010.
Villeneuve (“Arrival,” “Sicario”) is expected to make this his next project once he wraps his commitments to “Blade Runner 2049”. Villeneuve, Mary Parent and Cale Boyter will produce, Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt, Thomas Tull and Kim Herbert will executive produce, and Kevin J Anderson will serve as a creative consultant.