New York Times best selling author Brian Herbert announced he is adapting his father Frank's iconic science fiction tale Dune into a three-part graphic novel, along with the help of frequent collaborator and fellow author Kevin J. Anderson.
Herbert revealed his plans through a series of tweets, noting that each of the three parts of the original Dune story will be published in graphic novel format, followed by a full collected edition that contains the entire narrative in a single bound volume. Additionally, Herbert also plans to adapt his prequel story, Dune: House Atreides. At the time of writing, Herbert has not announced an artist for the project.
The novel DUNE is 3 parts, each to be published as a graphic novel, followed by a combined edition. We are doing it carefully.— Brian Herbert (@DuneAuthor) July 26, 2017
Frank Herbert wrote the novel DUNE in 3 parts, which are Dune, Muad'Dib, & The Prophet. The graphic novel will follow his 3 parts in detail.— Brian Herbert (@DuneAuthor) July 26, 2017
They want to announce that at an upcoming convention.— Brian Herbert (@DuneAuthor) July 26, 2017
Published in 1965, Dune is the first of many installments in Frank Herbert’s Dune saga, as well as the winner of the inaugural Nebula Award for Best Novel. Set in the distant future, Dune plays out like an interstellar version of Game of Thrones, with a feudal society of noble houses, each of which controls individual planets that all owe allegiance to the power-hungry Padishah Emperor. After its critical success, Dune quickly spawned five sequels -- Dune Messiah, Children of Dune, God Emperor of Dune, Heretics of Dune and Chapterhouse: Dune -- as well as a number of prequels and short stories written by Frank's son and Kevin J. Anderson.
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Dune was adapted for live-action twice, with a third project currently in the works. The first was a 1984 film directed by David Lynch, which proved to be a critical and commercial failure. The second attempt was a three-part miniseries that premiered on Syfy in 2000 titled Frank Herbert's Dune, which earned impressive enough ratings to warrant a sequel in 2003 that combined both Dune Messiah and Children of Dune. In 2016, it was announced that Legendary Entertainment acquired the rights to the property, and a reboot of the film is currently in the works from Arrival director Denis Villeneuve and Forrest Gump screenwriter Eric Roth.
There are currently no official release dates for Herbert's upcoming graphic novels, though the author did note that a publisher will likely be announced at an upcoming convention.