Final month, simply earlier than the vacation season, it was reported that director Denis Villeneuve, who’s coming off the critically-acclaimed Arrival and is in post-production on Blade Runner 2049, is in talks to direct the Dune remake for Legendary Photos. Immediately we have now affirmation from Brian Herbert, writer and the son of late Dune writer Frank Herbert, that the filmmaker has formally signed on to direct this remake. Here is what Brian Herbert needed to say on social media.
“It is official. Legendary Photos has signed the very gifted Denis Villeneuve to direct the thrilling new Dune collection movie mission.”
We reported in November that Legendary Photos has picked up the movie and TV rights for Dune, and with Brian Herbert describing this because the “Dune collection movie mission”, evidently Denis Villeneuve is growing each the film and TV collection as properly. Brian Herbert would not elaborate additional in his Twitter assertion, however the director signing on was one thing the filmmaker has at all times regarded ahead to. Throughout an interview with Selection again in September, Denis Villeneuve talked about making Dune as a “longstanding dream,” months earlier than Legendary picked up the rights.
“I had been desirous to do sci-fi for a really very long time. 2001: A Area Odyssey is a film that actually impressed me as a teen. And in addition “Blade Runner.” And “Shut Encounters of the Third Type” can also be one among my favorites. I am at all times in search of sci-fi materials, and it is troublesome to seek out unique and powerful materials that is not nearly weaponry. A longstanding dream of mine is to adapt Dune, nevertheless it’s an extended course of to get the rights, and I do not suppose I’ll succeed. Additionally I’d love to write down one thing myself. I’ve two [sci-fi] tasks proper now which are in numerous phases. It is too early to speak about them.”
Earlier than Denis Villeneuve got here aboard, the Dune reboot had been languishing in numerous phases of improvement for just below a decade. Again in December 2007, Peter Berg (Patriots Day) revealed that he had come aboard to direct Dune, with Joshua Zetumer (RoboCop) coming aboard to write down the screenplay. Each the director and author would ultimately half methods with the mission, with Pierre Morel, sizzling off his shock 2009 hit Taken, coming aboard to direct in 2010, with Chase Palmer (IT) writing the script. Shortly after they each dropped the mission, Paramount dropped the mission in March 2011, and there was no traction on Dune till Legendary got here by and obtained the rights just some months in the past.
Legendary’s deal for Dune requires the event and manufacturing of potential movie and tv tasks for a world viewers. The tasks can be produced by Thomas Tull, Mary Mum or dad and Cale Boyter, with Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert serving as govt producers. Set within the distant future, Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides whose household accepts management of the desert planet Arrakis. As the one producer of a extremely invaluable useful resource, management of Arrakis is extremely contested among the many noble households. After Paul and his household are betrayed, the story explores themes of politics, faith, and man’s relationship to nature as Paul leads a rise up to revive his household’s management of Arrakis. Dune has lengthy been thought-about the crown jewel of science fiction} properties. Its legacy and affect is witnessed in every thing from Star Wars to The Matrix and also known as the science fiction model of Lord of the Rings with its sprawling world and multi-dimensional politics. Check out Brian Herbert’s tweet under, as we look forward to extra on the Dune reboot.
It is official — Legendary Photos has signed the very gifted Denis Villeneuve to direct the thrilling new DUNE collection movie mission.
— Brian Herbert (@DuneWriter) February 1, 2017