12:34pm PT by Mia Galuppo
Denis Villeneuve in Talks to Direct 'Dune' Reboot for Legendary
Denis Villeneuve's holiday plans may now include a trip to Arrakis.
The Blade Runner 2049 director is in talks to helm the Dune reboot for Legendary. The production company picked up the film and television rights to Frank Herbert's classic science-fiction novel last month.
Dune, which traverses themes of politics, religion and nature, follows Paul Atreides, whose family controls the desert planet Arrakis, which is the only producer of a highly valuable resource, spice melange. When Paul and his family are betrayed, he leads a rebellion to regain control of the desert planet.
David Lynch directed the 1984 adaptation of the 1965 novel. The $40 million film, which ultimately grossed $30 million and was a critical failure, has over the years become a cult favorite.
Thomas Tull, Mary Parent and Cale Boyter will produce the new Dune adaptation, with Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert serving as executive producers.
Villeneuve has had a busy end to 2016. The Canadian filmmaker's latest effort, the sci-fi feature Arrival, earned two Golden Globe nominations, including one for lead actress Amy Adams for her turn as a linguist put in charge of communicating with a mysterious alien race. Also, earlier this week the first trailer for Villeneuve's next feature, Blade Runner 2049, was released to cheers from the internet.