Legendary Entertainment has acquired the rights for Frank Herbert's classic science fiction novel Dune, Variety reports. The acquisition calls for the development and production for a possible movie or TV projects, which would be produced by Thomas Tull, Mary Parent and Cale Boyter, with Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert serving as executive producers.
Dune follows the story of Paul Atreides, whose family takes 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 man's relationship to nature, politics, and religion as Paul leads a rebellion to restore his family's control of Arrakis.
A Dune movie was released in 1984, directed by David Lynch, and starred Kyle MacLachlan. The film only grossed $30.9 milion, which is considered a huge flop, but with today's CGI technology, it's likely that we'll see a great Dune film or TV series coming.
Here's a fan-favorite quote from the book:
"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."
― Frank Herbert, Dune