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From ‘Blade Runner’ to the “Unadaptable” ‘Dune’!

They’re going to give Dune another go, although this time the filmmaker will have CGI at his disposal.

Variety is reporting that Denis Villeneuve, the brilliant filmmaker behind Prisoners, Sicario, Arrival and the forthcoming Blade Runner: 2049, is in early talks to direct Legendary’s Dune reboot for the company.

Prior to the Thanksgiving holiday, Legendary closed a deal with the Frank Herbert estate for the rights his iconic novel, granting the production entity not only rights to film but also TV-based projects on the sci-fi property.

The projects would be produced by Thomas Tull, Mary Parent, and Cale Boyter, with Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt, and Kim Herbert serving as executive producers.

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 also adapted as the 1984 film directed by David Lynch. The film starred Kyle MacLachlan and at the time was thought of as a flop, getting poor reviews and grossing just $30.9 million, but more recently has attained cult status.

A few years back saw the release of Jodorowsky’s Dune, Frank Pavich’s documentary on cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel.



  • Mehliens

    The Lynch version is still the definitive measure. Visually its hard to imagine the Duneverse to be any different imo. But if someone could make a better versions its Villeneuve for sure. I hope he gets Alexandro and David on board just to increase the awesome factor by a thousand.

  • CelticBull

    Somebody saw the teaser to the new Blade Runner and was like “that bloke seems to know his desert!”…

  • sweetooth0

    Dune cannot be done justice even in a 4 hour long movie. There is simply far and too many characters, too much detail and too much story to properly convey the full scope of the novel in that time. This screams for a big budget TV season with something like 10 hour long episodes.

    The Lynch version had some of the main story beats and of course the art direction was superb, but it was done a horrible injustice by De Laurentis trying to cram it into 2hrs.

    • I agree that it can’t be done in one movie. And I know that David Lynch is a fine director who had to deal with a lot of meddling from the bigwigs. With that being said, the shots of the ships in space are so laughably terrible that it’s hard to ignore. It’s not they didn’t have the technology to make it look more realistic at that time. ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ came out in 1968, and it looks 1,000 times more realistic than ‘Dune’, which was made in the 1980’s…

  • I like Villaneuve, but if Alejandro Jodorowsky isn’t involved with this project it would be a huge injustice. Villeneuve should make him the art director, because the artistry for his ‘Dune’ vision was absolutely unreal. And they shouldn’t make one movie, they should make 2 or 3 long movies like the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy so they can get it all in. If you’re going to do it, do it right. If Villeneuve approaches the project with even half as much passion and imagination as Jodorowsky did, it could be a monumental result…

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