Frank Herbert's Dune is arguably one of the single most influential novels of the last half-century and a literary gold mine that has been picked over by authors, filmmakers, painters and artists of all persuasions.
Besides a maligned (wrongfully) 1984 film version from director David Lynch starring Kyle MacLachlan and an aborted attempt by cult director Alejandro Jodorowsky, the material has been strangely absent from the silver screen over the last three decades. With the film and adaptation rights tied up in legal issues, Dune has been a lonely planet of intellectual property that is perfectly suitable to our Digital Age environmentally conscious times.
Now, in a major coup, Legendary Entertainment (The Dark Knight, Interstellar, Pacific Rim) has acquired worldwide rights to the seminal sci-fi novel, which was partially inspired by Herbert's mid-60s observation of landowners attempting to relocate tons of annoying sand dunes from their beachfront properties in Oregon.
The announcement was made in a brief press release stating: “The agreement calls for the development and production of possible film and television projects for a global audience.” Hopefully the producers at Legendary have Arrival director Denis Villeneuve's cell number handy, as he's expressed extreme interest in championing a new Dune Hollywood movie. Now that the Herbert estate has granted Legendary the rights, this might happen!
What do you think of this resurgence of Dune interest, and which format would be the best to portray the sprawling space saga? CGI? Live action? Claymation? Puppets?