Image: Dune (1984), Universal
Image: Dune (1984), Universal

Denis Villeneuve has said that adapting Dune is his dream, but that it would never happen. Now he’s been officially hired to make the first in a series of Dune movies for Legendary Pictures. We wish him all the luck in Arrakis.

It’s not that we don’t think he could do a good job. If there’s one thing Villleneuve has proven—especially with his last movie, Arrival—it’s that he can make a great science fiction film. It’s more that Dune has proven notoriously difficult to adapt. Like it’s alive and doesn’t want it.


Official word of Villeneuve’s hiring came late last night from Brian Herbert, Dune author Frank Herbert’s son, on Twitter:

We can’t wait to see what Villeneuve does with Dune. Assuming we see it.

Katharine is the former managing editor of io9.

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