Frank Herbert’s epic science fiction series Dune is getting yet another attempt for a feature film reboot. Hollywood Reporter has learned that Legendary Pictures is the latest studio to pick up the film and television rights.
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 the 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 original vision for the film by Alejandro Jodorowsky never came together and was the subject of the documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune. His larger than life vison would later influence Star Wars and Alien. As some of the art departments would move on to help create some iconic films.
David Lynch would eventually make his version instead and when released in 1984 was a notorious bomb. Even though it was still considered a cult favorite over the years, due to fans of Lynch’s work.
More recently, Universal Pictures tried to make a reboot with directors Deepwater Horizon‘s Peter Berg and Taken‘s Pierre Morel, thank goodness that never came together.
It reamins to be seen if Legendary will look towards Warner Bros. or Universal to help distribute future films.
There’s hope that due to Legendary’s relationship with Guillermo del Toro, that he’ll get involved in some way as I’m sure he could really knock-out a script, direct or act as a producer.
Ghost In The Shell‘s Rupert Sanders has teased a desire to possibly tackle Dune in the past.
The series has multiple novels, which could allow for it to become a franchise.