Published: Thu, February 02, 2017
Culture | By Kelly Harrison

Denis Villeneuve Will Direct the 'Dune' Remake

Denis Villeneuve Will Direct the 'Dune' Remake

Denis Villeneuve recently got his first (probably of many) Oscar nominations for Arrival, and he has Blade Runner 2049 coming up this year. While it was initially negatively reviewed, the film has gone on to enjoy cult-favorite status and very (very) devoted fans. Other attempts at adapting Herbert's classic in the intervening years proved fruitless, and it wasn't until Legendary snapped up the Dune rights late last year that the project was revived from the brink of development hell.

In November of 2016, Legendary and the Frank Herbert estate announced their intent to bring Dune to both movie and television screens, with all projects to be produced by Thomas Tull, Mary Parent and Cale Boyter, with Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert serving as executive producers. He's no stranger to sci-fi remakes as he also directed Blade Runner 2049, slated for release on October 6, 2017.

Set in the distant future amidst a feudal interstellar society in which noble houses, in control of individual planets, owe allegiance to the Padishah Emperor, Dune tells the story of young Paul Atreides, whose noble family accepts the stewardship of the desert planet Arrakis. The film was an utter failure, panned by critics as it failed to make back its $40 million budget.

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David Lynch's 1984 film adaptation of the celebrated novel, starring Lynch regular Kyle MacLachlan and Sting, was a notorious misfire. The tale was also adapted as a TV miniseries in 2000. His son, Brian, went on to write a trilogy of prequel novels with the help of Kevin J. Anderson.

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