Denis Villeneuve in Talks to Direct Legendary's DUNE

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Denis Villeneuve in Talks to Direct Legendary's DUNE
Denis Villeneuve's star continues to rocket into the cinematic heavens with news from Variety that the Bladerunner 2049 and Arrival director is in talks to direct Legendary's Dune. 
 
Legendary secured the rights to Frank Herbert's novel before American Thanksgiving and will produce the film as well as any number of TV properties as well. 
 
Set in the distant future, “Dune” tells the story of Paul Atreides, whose family accepts control of the desert planet Arrakis. As the only producer of a highly valuable resource, control of Arrakis is highly contested among competing noble families. After 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 novel was adapted to film by David Lynch in 1984 and SyFy produced a couple of mini-series in the early 2000s. Then of course there was the one that got away. Alejandro Jodorowsky wanted to adapt the novel to film. That ambitious project was captured in the documentary Jodorowsky's Dune. What could have been. 
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  • wagnerfilm

    Well, get Villeneuve a great script, please! I still think the only way to do the book is as a 6-episode event series. But if Legendary thinks they can make it work theatrically, Villeneuve seems to be the right guy at the helm.

  • Wjr.

    Mr. Villeneuve has churned out a couple of good movies lately, I hope this continues.

  • Yojimbo

    I selfishly wish Mr Villeneuve well on this endeavour.

  • ManateeAdvocate

    Indeed. A much better choice for the helm than Berg (no offense meant).

  • Dermacka

    Yeah. And American flag waving in the background of Arrakis might look silly

  • Mehliens

    Would rather see something original from Villeneuve, but if he thinks its the right thing I'm onboard!

  • ManateeAdvocate

    Right there with you on that. If any one who's actively directing right now can do it justice it'd be Villeneuve.

  • omnisemantic1

    The thing is, he has previously said that Dune is his dream sci-fi project. I for one cannot wait to see what he makes of it!

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