A couple of months ago Legendary Pictures announced that they had acquired the rights to develop movie and TV projects based on Frank Herbert’s sci-fi novel series Dune. It was reported a month later that the studio was in negotiations with the brilliant Denis Villeneuve to direct the first film in the new franchise.
Now comes word from Brian Herbert, son of Frank Herbert and one of the authors of later Dune novels, who in a tweet revealed that the deal has been and that Villeneuve will be directing the project.
It's official — Legendary Pictures has signed the very talented Denis Villeneuve to direct the exciting new DUNE series film project.
— Brian Herbert (@DuneAuthor) February 1, 2017
Villeneuve has left a strong mark with his recent filmography that includes Sicario, The Arrival and the upcoming Blade Runner 2049, so the prospect of him directing something like Dune that requires a strong sense of visual artistry and characterization is very exciting. Of course it’s no guarantee as the first attempt at a big screen adaptation of the property didn’t work out as hoped even with David Lynch at the helm.
Interestingly, over the course of the long and chaotic journey to make that film, Ridley Scott became attached at one point, but personal problems and the amount of work and time required that it required led him to leave the project, choosing to do Blade Runner instead. Now the director of the sequel to Scott’s classic will have another go at attempting to adapt that story the way it deserves. Hopefully Villeneuve will be up to the task.