It’s official! Arrival’s Denis Villeneuve is directing the new Dune reboot

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It’s finally official! After the reports and rumours of last year, it’s now been confirmed that acclaimed filmmaker Denis Villeneuve will indeed be directing the upcoming cinematic reboot of Frank Herbert’s literary classic Dune. The news was revealed on Twitter by Herbert’s author son Brian Herbert:

Lionsgate acquired the film and television rights to Herbert’s 1965 science-fiction masterpiece and its follow ups last year, and there were reports that they had been courting Villeneuve. The Canadian filmmaker is currently riding a massive high as his latest film, the brilliant sci-fi drama Arrival, has not only become a financial success but has earned 8 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. Next up for Villeneuve is his planned sequel to Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner – which is already looking fantastic – so he certainly will have experienced what it was like putting your own spin on a much beloved classic.

For the uninitiated, here’s a description of Dune according to Wikipedia:

Set in the distant future amidst a feudal interstellar society in which noble houses, in control of individual planets, owe allegiance to the Padishah Emperor, Dune tells the story of young Paul Atreides, whose noble family accepts the stewardship of the desert planet Arrakis. As this planet is the only source of the “spice” melange, the most important and valuable substance in the universe, control of Arrakis is a coveted — and dangerous — undertaking. The story explores the multi-layered interactions of politics, religion, ecology, technology, and human emotion, as the forces of the empire confront each other in a struggle for the control of Arrakis and its “spice”.

Dune has previously been adapted to the big screen in 1984 by David Lynch. The film took lots of liberties with its adaptation though as Lynch tried to cram all that story into two-hour movie. And it was also weird as hell (Hello, Sting’s leather underpants!). The result was a panned flop. SyFy would take another crack at Dune in 2000 though, this time adapting it to a pair of miniseries that stayed much closer to the source. The results were very well received.

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And now it’s time for Villeneuve to see if he can also get the spice to flow. There’s been no release date given or even any further production or casting reports, so there’s probably still plenty of time for him to learn to walk without rhythm. Can’t go attracting any worms.

Last Updated: February 2, 2017

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions – but very little sleep – I’ve been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

  • Original Heretic

    Ah cool, hope they do a great version of it. Great series of books.

  • Admiral Chief


  • Admiral Chief

    Netflix should make a highly violent series

    • miaau

      Or a story, there is lots to tell, with some violence and not.

      Last books, after Heretics of Dune, finished by Frank Herberts son and another author could also work. The Sandworms of Dune and so on.

  • Hammersteyn

    House Harkonnen!

    • Admiral Chief


      I could forgive the PC betrayal, but this? You go too far man!

      • Hammersteyn

        They look like guys that eat lots of beef and drink lots of beer. Also massive tanks

        • Admiral Chief

          They have no honour/loyalty

          I’m sure the Atreides have beef and beer!

          • Hammersteyn

            The Atreides also drives Priuses, wears sandals and are concerned about the environment

          • Admiral Chief

            I’m concerned about the environment, I can’t afford a Prius and I take my shoes off whenever I can.

            So I’m adopted Atreides, born Harkonnen?

          • Hammersteyn

            XD seems like it

          • Admiral Chief

            Used to prefer the Harks, but I think the live action vids from Doom 2000 or Emperor put me off

    • Lu

      Sardukar is where its at. No retreat! No Surrender!

  • Muad’Dib!

  • miaau

    Ah Dune. I have read the entire series so many times. Most read story books by far.

    My Gran read Dune for the first time when she was in her Seventies. Loved it too. Dune is clever: it is Sci-fi that tells a character driven story and tells it well.

    Do it justice, is all we ask. We also ask,: what do you cut out? I fail to see the first book in a two hour movie without dropping some fairly substantial detail.

  • miaau

    And for the gamers, of course, Dune 2, which I think was the real genesis for RTS games.

    Great game.

  • Skittle

    I just had my first hands free orgasm

  • Francois Knoetze

    Man I loved the series as a kid! couldnt stop watching it

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