Blade Runner: 2049 helmer Denis Villeneuve looks as though he's about to jump back into the world of science fiction as Variety reports he has entered talks to direct Legendary's Dune reboot.
Prior to the Thanksgiving holiday, Legendary successfully closed a deal with the Frank Herbert estate for the rights his iconic novel, granting the company the rights to both film and TV projects centered around the classic sci-fi fixture.
Thomas Tull, Mary Parent, and Cale Boyter will serve as producers on the reboot with Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt, and Kim Herbert serving as executive producers.
Dune is set in the distant future and tells the story Paul Atreides, whose family accepts control of the desert planet Arrakis. After they are betrayed, the story goes on to explore themes of politics, religion, and man’s relationship to nature as Paul leads a rebellion to restore his family’s control of Arrakis.
David Lynch directed a 1984 film based around the novel. Starring Kyle MacLachlan. it would go on to gross a mere $30.9-Million at the box office, but has attained cult status in recent years despite flopping on the big screen.
Denis Villeneuve has proven that he knows a thing or two about the science fiction genera. His latest offering, Arrival, has already grossed $94-Million worldwide, and has been critically applauded as an award season contender since its release this past Fall. He was also handpicked by Ridley Scott to help reboot the Blade Runner franchise with Blade Runner: 2049, which opens next October.
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