When Legendary Pictures landed the film rights to Frank Herbert’s Dune we had a sigh of relief, after previous studios looked at some sub-par directors. So, when Legendary hired French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve to tackle another feature film based on what is considered the Lord of The Rings of sci-fi, we become automatically excited by the potential. Denis was behind films such as Sicario, Arrival, and recently made Blade Runner 2049.
Set in the distant future, “Dune” follows Paul Atreides, whose family assumes control of the desert planet Arrakis. As the only producer of a highly valuable resource, jurisdiction over Arrakis is 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 reign.
Now, we have a development update thanks to Variety.
Academy Award winning screenwriter Eric Roth best known from Forrest Gump, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Munich has been tapped to pen the script. Eric has been able to make these character centric stories that has the lead thrust into these epic situations. A perfect pairing for the Dune story.
Dune is without a release and production start dates. However, with Blade Runner 2049 releasing in October there is an assumption that he’ll be busy on post-production on the film until then.
We could see Denis potentially beginning pre-production at the tail-end of this year and looking to shoot in 2018. Of course, this all depends on what shape Roth’s script will be and if Villeneuve plans on making this next.