A couple of months back came the news that Legendary Pictures was developing a new movie based on Frank Herbert’s novel, Dune.
The book has been filmed before, of course, with David Lynch’s 1984 feature savaged on its original release. But now we learn that the new version is definitely pressing ahead, and that it’s landed its director.
That man is Denis Villeneuve, the man behind the camera on Arrival, Sicario and Passengers. He’s also in the midst of putting together Blade Runner 2049, for later this year.
The official confirmation of the news has come from Brian Herbert, the son of Frank Herbert. And here’s his Tweet.
It’s official — Legendary Pictures has signed the very talented Denis Villeneuve to direct the exciting new DUNE series film project.
— Brian Herbert (@DuneAuthor) 1 February 2017
Villeneuve is believed to have won the job over competition from the likes of Sir Ridley Scott and Peter Berg.
We’d imagine that Villeneuve will move to Dune once he’s done and dusted with Blade Runner 2049.