Legendary Pictures recently landed the film and television rights to Frank Herbert’s Dune which led to Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049, Arrival, Sicario) being hired to direct a new feature film.
We have a small Dune update to share.
Frank’s son Brian Herbert took to Twitter to announce he’ll be a producer on the new film. Brian has been one of two gatekeepers of the franchise taking over the novels from his father.
DUNE fans will be pleased to know that Legendary has filled an additional major job position for the movie [in addition to director and screenplay writer], so now there are at least 3 major positions in place, plus the producers such as myself. Don’t ask me for more details! pic.twitter.com/saAILeZpkg
— Brian Herbert (@DuneAuthor) March 19, 2018
I’ve seen 2 drafts of the Dune screenplay, and Kevin and I made comments on each. It’s getting better and better. Lots more is going on, and I’ll say more when I can. pic.twitter.com/0py57YM78C
— Brian Herbert (@DuneAuthor) March 3, 2018
Herbert isn’t the only Dune author involved with the film.
Omega Underground can confirm that Kevin J. Anderson (Brian’s writing partner) will be producing and consulting on the film too.
Brian mentions Kevin gave notes on the script as well.
Screenwriter Eric Roth (Forest Gump) and Denis are currently working on the script and these new additions to the project suggest that rewrites are very likely. Villeneuve has recently stated he wanted to tackle at least two films, with Brian and Kevin involved it’s possible they’ll attempt a multiple film arc.
Considering the massive amount of production design expected on the film we don’t see Denis rushing the film (films) into production anytime soon.
We are anticipating that recent Oscar-Winner Roger Deakins will be reuniting with Denis as Dune’s cinematographer.
Dune is without production or release dates as it’s still only in early development.
SOURCE: BRIAN HERBERT & OMEGA UNDERGROUND