Legendary have acquired the rights to Frank Herbert’s Dune, the 1965 science-fiction epic set in the distant future. Dune focuses on Paul Atreides and the world of Arrakis, a desert planet providing the sole source of a much-coveted drug known as “the spice”. Something of a Game of Thrones for the sci-fi genre, Dune has previously been adapted for the big screen by David Lynch in 1984 and was the basis for a 2000 Sci-Fi Channel mini-series.
So what does Legendary’s acquisition mean? Considering the world-building potential of the novel and its litany of sequels, it wouldn’t be surprising if Legendary attempted to create an entire franchise from the source material. Any decisions are a long way off yet, but any projects would be produced by Thomas Tull (The Dark Knight, Jurassic World), Mary Parent (The Revenant, Pacific Rim) and Cale Boyter (The Butterfly Effect), with Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert on board as executive producers.
Source: Slash Film