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"Dune" Author's "Soul Catcher" Gets Optioned

By Garth Franklin Friday August 15th 2014 11:33AM

Producer Dimitri Villard ("Flight Of The Navigator") has optioned the film rights to "Dune" author Frank Herbert's acclaimed 1972 novel "Soul Catcher".

The story follows a militant Native American student who kidnaps the thirteen-year-old white son of a U.S. politician, intending to sacrifice the child for vengeance against wrongs committed against his people.

As the captor and the captive flee from hunters across the Pacific Northwest, they form a bond that throws the planned act into question.

Villard pursued the rights to the project in the 1980s before his career took him away from film altogether. Now he's back and after a year of negotiation with the Herbert estate he scored the rights. He's currently seeking a director.

Source: Deadline

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