Arrival's Denis Villeneuve Is Officially the Latest Director to Attempt a Dune Adaptation

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.

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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.

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