Blade Runner 2049 and Arrival's Denis Villeneuve confirmed to direct Dune reboot
Denis Villeneuve, best known for directing Arrival, Sicario and the new Blade Runner sequel Blade Runner 2049, has confirmed that he will direct the reboot of sci-fi classic Dune.
Villeneuve, who is currently on post-production on Blade Runner 2049, will direct the reboot for Godzilla and Kong: Skull Island studio Legendary Pictures, who announced last year that they acquired the rights to the novel.
The news was confirmed by Brian Herbert, son of the book's author Frank, he tweeted:
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
Dune is a hugely successful novel by Herbert and tells the story of Paul Atreides, the eldest son of a wealthy family who assume control of the planet Arrakis. The planet is largely desert, but it is the only producer of melange, a resource essential for intergalactic travel and hugely valuable. A coup to gain control of the planet leads to his father being murdered and Paul vowing to get his revenge on those who did it.
The novel has been adapted for the screen, first by David Lynch for a 1984 movie that starred Kyle MacLachlan and Francesca Annis and then in 2000 for television.