After almost a decade of failed attempts to reboot Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel Dune on the big screen, it looks as though the rights have once again changed hands and Hollywood is ready to give it another shot. Legendary Entertainment and the Frank Herbert estate have announced today that they have reached an agreement for the film and TV rights to the Dune series. Legendary has produced some of the biggest blockbusters in recent years including The Dark Knight, Inception, Jurassic World and Godzilla, originally in partnership with Warner Brothers and now with Universal. At the moment, it is unclear if they are looking at a crossover between television and movies, but you can bet they view the massive number of Dune-related books as an almost endless supply of source material for many years to come. Hit the jump for more details.
According to Deadline, Legendary Entertainment has acquired the film and television motion picture rights to Frank Herbert’s Dune. The deal “calls for the development and production of possible film and television projects for a global audience.” Thomas Tull, Mary Parent and Cale Boyter are attached as producers for all of these projects along with Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert as executive producers.
Previous adaptations of Dune include David Lynch’s 1984 film starring Kyle MacLachlan and the 2000 Syfy mini-series, which was eventually followed by a Children of Dune mini-series in 2003. Back in 2007, Peter Berg was attached to direct a new Dune movie for Paramount and was eventually replaced by Pierre Morel (Taken), but then the rights lapsed in 2011. A few years later, Dune once again being talked about thanks to Frank Pavich’s wonderful documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune. Now that Legendary is involved, a new movie is all but assured… the only question is whether their massive blockbuster mentality is a good fit for a sci-fi book series that is somewhat esoteric and cerebral. Are you looking forward to a new Dune movie?