Boom! Studios is heading to Arrakis to get into some Dune business!
It was announced on Monday (per THR) that the LA-based publisher has acquired the graphic novel rights to the Dune prequel novel titled Dune: House Atreides. Original authors Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert will be adapting the 1999 novel into a 12-issue miniseries.
Set around three decades prior to the events of Herbert's 1965 novel, House Atreides tells the story of the early days of the rule of Baron Harkonennen. It begins with Pardot Kynes' arrival to Arrakis in search of the origins of the spice, as well as a young child named Duncan Idaho who escapes slavery.
"It's been more than 20 years since Brian and I published House Atreides, the first of our new novels set in Frank Herbert's Dune universe," Anderson said in the announcement. "We loved exploring all the possibilities Frank created for us, and those books introduced a whole new audience to Dune."
Anderson says adapting House Atreides into a graphic format is like "rediscovering" the story all over again. He points out that "so much of the novel is visually driven" so it'll be a "natural" reunion between House Atreides and comics.
"There are few novels in modern history with bigger impact and continued relevance than Dune," Boom! CEO and founder Ross Richie added. "So it's an honor for Boom! Studios — and for me — to be a part of sharing this unforgettable world with readers."
Dune: House Atreides is yet to have a release date, but is expected to arrive later this year.