Denis Villeneuve Will Direct Dune Remake For Legendary Pictures
Denis Villeneuve will direct the remake of Dune for Legendary Pictures. Since September 2016, Denis Villeneuve has expressed interest in directing an adaptation of Frank Herbert‘s Dune. Published in 1965, Dune is a science fiction novel masterpiece (it tied for the Hugo award in 1966 and won the Nebula Award for Best Novel). The moment you pick up and read Dune, you see the level of depth, back-story, and thought that went into each and every facet of it.
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. As this planet is the only source of the “spice” melange, the most important and valuable substance in the universe, control of Arrakis is a coveted — and dangerous — undertaking. The story explores the multi-layered interactions of politics, religion, ecology, technology, and human emotion, as the forces of the empire confront each other in a struggle for the control of Arrakis and its “spice”.
Frank Herbert is to the science fiction book genre what George R.R. Martin is to fantasy book genre.
Dune was first adapted into a film by David Lynch in 1984. Lynch was not given final cut on the film and attempted, as much as possible, to distance himself from the final product. David Lynch’s Dune was released to negative reviews and did not do well at the box office. Dune was budgeted at $40 Million but only made $30.9 Million at the U.S. box office.
I have seen all of the version of that film, including the fan edit (every piece of footage was placed in sequence within one film and placed on the Internet for free before being taken down. It was very interesting to see, especially if you were a fan of the book).
The three-part TV mini series that SyFy aired in 2000 entitled Frank Herbert’s Dune, in many respects, was the truest adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune as many of the deleterious changes that occurred in the film adaptation e.g. the Fremen wearing black Stil Suits will trying to hide in a predominantly brown desert, were not present. That mini-series was followed by a sequel in 2003 entitled Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune. That mini-series adapted the second (Dune Messiah) and third book (Children of Dune) in Frank Herbert’s novel series.
Numerous false starts have occurred where directors (Peter Berg, Pierre Morel) and producers (Kevin Misher, Richard Rubinstein, and John Harrison) expressed interest in bringing a new adaptation for Herbert seminal novel to theaters. None materialized until now.
Producing Denis Villeneuve’s Dune will be Cale Boyter, Mary Parent, and Thomas Tull. The executive producers on the film will be Brian Herbert, Kim Herbert, and Byron Merritt.
There is no word yet on when Denis Villeneuve’s Dune remake will be released.
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