After months of speculation regarding who might be at the helm of the highly anticipated reboot of “Dune,” it’s now been confirmed that Denis Villeneuve will be the director of the project.
In a brief tweet by Brian Herbert (the son of “Dune” author Frank Herbert), he confirmed that Legendary Pictures and Villeneuve have reached an agreement to direct the new “Dune” film.
It's official -- Legendary Pictures has signed the very talented Denis Villeneuve to direct the exciting new DUNE series film project.— Brian Herbert (@DuneAuthor) February 1, 2017
Villeneuve is a hot name in Hollywood, with critically acclaimed films “Sicario” and “Arrival” under his belt and the upcoming “Blade Runner 2049” already in production. It's been a whirlwind couple of months for the planned reboot, as just as early as this past December it was rumored that Villeneuve was in talks with Legendary to create the film, and only a month before that the studio had actually acquired the rights to the series.
Prior to Legendary acquiring the rights, "Dune" (originally a 1965 novel franchise that spawned 6 entries total) had been attempted to be put to picture multiple times. A 1984 film by David Lynch was a box office flop, and two TV miniseries didn’t do much for fans of the series either. Now, it seems that they'll turn their attention to Villeneuve, who is a high profile director and will no doubt bring some excitement to the scene.
While the original report of Legendary acquiring the "Dune" rights spoke of potential series' in both television and movie formats, the company seems to be focusing on film first. And with a highly successful director like Villeneuve, it wouldn't be surprising to see some high profile casting coming in the near future.