Legendary Scores Film Rights To “Dune”

Legendary Entertainment has acquired the film and television motion picture rights to Frank Herbert’s “Dune” novel series from the late author’s estate.

The agreement allows for the development and production of possible film and TV projects for a global audience with all works to include Thomas Tull, Mary Parent, Cale Boyter, Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert as executive producers.

Set in the distant future, the original novel follows Paul Atreides whose noble family accepts control of the desert planet Arrakis. As the only planet capable of producing the highly valuable resource, 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.

Source: Legendary