A new film adaptation of Frank Herbert's Dune is coming, and a talented director has been hired to helm it. Last month, the Blade Runner 2049 and Arrival director was reportedly in talks to direct the new Dune film; now, it's confirmed that he officially signed on to the deal with Legendary Pictures. The news was shared by Brian Herbert, the son of Frank Herbert.
This has been a dream project for Villeneuve, but he didn't think it will actually happen. When the director previously talked about his dream of directing Dune, he said:
"I'm always looking for sci-fi material, and it's difficult to find original and strong material that's not just about weaponry. A longstanding dream of mine is to adapt Dune, but it's a long process to get the rights, and I don't think I will succeed."
Set in the distant future, Dune follows Paul Atreides "whose family accepts control of the desert planet Arrakis. As the only producer of a highly valuable resource, control of Arrakis is highly contested among the noble families. 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."