News Dune Reboot: IN DEVELOPMENT

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    Dune is a 1984 American epic science fiction film written and directed by David Lynch, based on the 1965 Frank Herbert novel of the same name. The film stars Kyle MacLachlan as young nobleman Paul Atreides, and includes an ensemble of well-known American and European actors in supporting roles. It was filmed at the Churubusco Studios in Mexico City and included a soundtrack by the rock band Toto, as well as Brian Eno.

    Set in the distant future, the film chronicles the conflict between rival noble families as they battle for control of the extremely harsh desert planet Arrakis, also known as "Dune". The planet is the only source of the drug melange—also called "the spice"—which allows prescience, and is vital to space travel, making it the most essential and valuable commodity in the universe.

    After the novel's initial success, attempts to adapt Dune as a film began as early as 1971. A lengthy process of development followed throughout the 1970s, during which Arthur P. Jacobs, Alejandro Jodorowsky, and Ridley Scott unsuccessfully tried to bring their visions to the screen. In 1981, executive producer Dino De Laurentiis hired Lynch as director.

    The film was negatively reviewed by critics and was a box-office failure, grossing $30.9 million from a $40 million budget. Upon release, Lynch distanced himself from the project, stating that pressure from both producers and financiers restrained his artistic control and denied him final cut privilege. At least three versions have been released worldwide. In some cuts, Lynch's name is replaced in the credits with the name Alan Smithee, a pseudonym used by directors who wished not to be associated with a film for which they would normally be credited. The extended and television versions additionally credit writer Lynch as Judas Booth. More recently, the film has received cult film status.


    A reboot has now been confirmed and is in development.........


    https://www.imdforums.com/threads/dune-reboot-confirmed.1855/#post-10198


     
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    Forrest Gump Writer to Script New Dune Remake:


    Legendary has set veteran “Forrest Gump” scribe Eric Roth to pen Denis Villeneuve’s new film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s “Dune”. Legendary closed a deal with the Frank Herbert estate late last year to develop films and TV series from the iconic sci-fi property.

    Set in the distant future, the original novel follows the young Paul Atreides whose noble family accepts control of the desert planet Arrakis. As the only planet capable of producing the highly valuable resource ‘spice’ used for space travel, control of Arrakis is highly contested amongst the noble families.

    When Paul and his family are betrayed, the story explores themes of politics, religion, and man’s relationship to nature as Paul leads a rebellion to restore his family’s control of Arrakis.

    The work has previously been adapted for the screen twice – as a 1984 film directed by David Lynch starring Kyle MacLachlan, and a 2000 TV mini-series starring Alec Newman. Acclaimed filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky attempted to do a ten-hour feature adaptation in the mid-1970s that never took off, while Peter Berg and Pierre Morel were linked to another failed attempt at a film between 2008 and 2010.

    Villeneuve (“Arrival,” “Sicario”) is expected to make this his next project once he wraps his commitments to “Blade Runner 2049”. Villeneuve, Mary Parent and Cale Boyter will produce, Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt, Thomas Tull and Kim Herbert will executive produce, and Kevin J Anderson will serve as a creative consultant.
     
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    Sounds interesting. I'm a big fan of the book but not the movies. Third time's the charm?
     
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    Looking forward to this as I did like the 1984 version. With better visual effects it should be stunning.
    The "Sandworms" were a precursor to the "graboid" creatures in Tremors.
     
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    In 1973, film producer Arthur P. Jacobs optioned the film rights to Dune but died before a film could be developed. The option was then taken over two years later by director Alejandro Jodorowsky, who proceeded to approach, among others, Peter Gabriel, the prog rock groups Pink Floyd and Magma for some of the music, artists H. R. Giger and Jean Giraud for set and character design, Dan O'Bannon for special effects, and Salvador Dalí, Orson Welles, Gloria Swanson and others for the cast.

    Frank Herbert traveled to Europe in 1976 to find that $2 million of the $9.5 million budget had already been spent in pre-production, and that Jodorowsky's script would result in a 14-hour movie ("It was the size of a phonebook", Herbert later recalled). Jodorowsky took creative liberties with the source material, but Herbert said that he and Jodorowsky had an amicable relationship. The project ultimately stalled for financial reasons. The film rights lapsed until 1982, when they were purchased by Italian filmmaker Dino DeLaurentiis, who eventually released the 1984 film Dune, directed by David Lynch.


    A documentary was made about this lost cinematic incarnation of Dune.....


     
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    Villeneuve Putting “Dune” Over Next Bond


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    Coming off the critical success but commercial disappointment of “Blade Runner 2049,” filmmaker Denis Villeneuve now has to decide what to put his focus on next.

    At last report he was mulling several projects, most notably his long-gestating new film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s “Dune” and Daniel Craig’s potential final outing in the role of James Bond. Well, now we can scratch the latter off the list.

    Speaking with The Playlist, he confirms he’s still working on the script for “Dune” and so can’t do Bond due to scheduling issues – though may come back around to it one day:

    Daniel Craig is a very inspiring actor and I had some contact and the thing is that I’m busy right now doing ‘Dune.’ But, I will say to have the privilege to work with him it would be a dream. I would love to work with Daniel and a Bond movie for me would be a treat. It’s a matter of timing, I guess.”

    The next film in the series has been widely reported as being Craig’s final outing in the role. “Dune” still doesn’t have a target start of production date.
     
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    Frank Herbert ... proving that a picture is not worth a thousand words :emoji_nerd:
     
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    Villeneuve Planning Two “Dune” Films?


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    Appearing in Quebec this week for a special screening and Q&A regarding “Blade Runner 2049,” filmmaker Denis Villeneuve offered a quick update on his planned film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s iconic sci-fi saga “Dune”.

    The book, the first in a series, is famously dense and ambitious which explains why Villeneuve says it will take some time to make and won’t fit one film: “Dune will probably take two years to make. The goal is to make two films, maybe more.”.

    David Lynch is the only filmmaker who has previously tried to adapt the work for the big screen, the result famously departing from it (especially in the second half). Of course the question is are audiences willing to flock out to see the first part?
     
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    Last time, as I recall, this happened with THE HOBBIT.

    Then it suddenly inflated to three films.

    With all that extra popcorn at stake, I expect the same to happen here.
     
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    Yeah but in this case there's definitely enough material for 2 movies in the book. Unlike the Hobbit which would have been perfect as a single movie or maybe 2 with the additional storylines of the White Council.
     
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    Villeneuve Offers An Update On “Dune”


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    French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve has given an update on his planned new adaptation of Frank Herbert’s iconic sci-fi novel “Dune”.

    Prior to departing for the Cannes Film Festival, Villeneuve spoke with Quebec publication La Press and confirmed (via Reddit translation) the script’s status and confirmed that it will be a two-film adaptation:

    “Eric Roth has written the first draft and then I worked on it on my side. I have not had such fun creatively since “Incendies”. I wish I could direct both movies at the same time but it would have been too expensive. We’ll do them one at a time.”

    Villeneuve adds that he plans to start pre-production on the film ‘soon’. He previously indicated the project would ultimately take two years to make.

    Two completed adaptations of the work have been brought to the screen – David Lynch’s 1984 film and Syfy’s 2000 mini-series, neither was well-received. A big part of the problem is the work is so dense both thematically and in its world-building that a single film struggles to contain it.
     
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    This is one of the few cases where I'd strongly be in favour of developing the story as a trilogy.
     
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