Denis Villeneuve is sticking to the sci-fi genre for the near future it would seem.
On the heels of this year’s “Arrival” and next year’s “Blade Runner 2049,” the filmmaker is now in official talks to helm a passion project he’s been keen to adapt for years – a new adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic science-fiction novel “Dune” for Legendary Entertainment.
Set in the distant future, the story follows Paul Atreides whose noble family accepts control of the desert planet Arrakis. As the only planet capable of producing the highly valuable resource known as the spice melange which allows 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 a betrayed Paul leads a rebellion to restore his family’s control of Arrakis. Legendary picked up the property last month from Herbert’s estate with Thomas Tull, Mary Parent and Cale Boyter set to produce.
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: Heat Vision