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Legendary Entertainment gets Film & TV rights to Dune Reboot, in Early Talks with Denis Villeneuve to Direct

Update: Multiple outlets have confirmed that Denis Villeneuve will direct the reboot.

One of the most talked about directors of 2016 Denis Villeneuve has hit the front page once again after news surfaced that Villeneuve was in early talks to direct a Dune reboot.

In November of 2016 Legendary Entertainment closed a deal with the estate of Dune creator Frank Herbert for the rights to the classic sci-fi novel. Legendary was not only given the rights to a film deal but also a TV based project.

Since the mega success of Game of Thrones, the possibility of an HBO or HBO-style reboot of Dune has entered the realm of possibility.

Set in the distant future, Dune follows a man named Paul Atreides and his family after they accept control of a planet named Arrakis. Arrakis is the only producer of a highly valuable resource making the planet a constant source of conflict between noble families. After the Atreides family is betrayed, Paul mounts an army to lead a rebellion and take back the planet of Arrakis.

Dune’s first film adaptation was directed by David Lynch and released in 1984. It later went on to earn cult status but at the time it was considered a flop both critically and at the box-office earning just $30.9 million (USA).

Villeneuve’s run over the past few years with Prisoners in 2013, Sicario in 2015 and his latest film Arrival in 2016 led him to been chosen by Ridley Scott to help bring the Blade Runner franchise back with Blade Runner 2049 set for 2017. It is currently unclear whether Villeneuve has shown any interest in moving to television but the director is currently in talks to direct the first project of the Dune reboot.

Source: Variety (exclusive)