The upcoming big-screen adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel Dune will be too big for just one movie.
Denis Villeneuve is directing the project. Brian Herbert, the author’s son, recently said the screenplay is in its fourth draft, and that it covers the first half of the book only.
I have just received Draft #4 of the DUNE screenplay from Legendary Pictures. This is for the first movie, covering approximately half of the novel DUNE. I'm very excited and pleased about this, and I'm beginning to burn the midnight oil. pic.twitter.com/nIfgb2zJ2J
— Brian Herbert (@DuneAuthor) July 23, 2018
David Lynch wrote and directed a 1984 adaptation of Dune that had a stellar cast but felt very rushed, so maybe this is a good (worm)sign.
Brian Herbert also recently said he didn’t have to shop the film around when the rights became available again — there was a bit of a studio frenzy to grab the project. He’s also been soliciting fan suggestions for casting; we’ll see what comes of that …
After the film rights reverted to us, we did not have to knock on doors to pitch DUNE as a movie. The word got out around Hollywood that we had the rights, + we were contacted by many major studios wanting to make a new movie. We decided to go with Legendary . . . a good decision pic.twitter.com/8obWtNlLQ2
— Brian Herbert (@DuneAuthor) July 21, 2018
I want to thank all of you for your casting ideas. I wrote down your suggestions, and noticed that some agreed with what I have already said to Legendary, but you also provided new, interesting ideas. This will all be of use to me in further discussions with the studio.
— Brian Herbert (@DuneAuthor) July 19, 2018
Who would you like to see in the new Dune movie?