This will reportedly be the first in a series of Dune films. It was, as Villeneuve said, an impossible dream; securing the rights from the author's estate would be too hard.
Now, the director has officially signed on to bring the long discussed Dune reboot to life for Legendary Pictures.
Here's a synopsis: Set in the distant future, Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides, whose family accepts control of the desert planet Arrakis.
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It's nearly important to note that Villeneuve is also responsible for the upcoming Blade Runner sequel, appropriately named Blade Runner 2049. 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 book has been filmed before, of course, with David Lynch's 1984 feature savaged on its original release. The studio has a rather spotty reputation when it comes to its films, as they've produced multiple sci-fi successes (Interstellar, Jurassic World), but have plenty of busts under their belts as well (Jonah Hex, Warcraft). More recently, the 2013 documentary Jodorowsky's Dune examined director Alejandro Jodorowsky's failed attempts at making his own Dune movie. If Villeneuve can somehow crack the enigma, fans may finally get the Dune adaptation that Herbert's iconic novels justly deserve.
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