Late last night, Brian Herbert, son of Frank Herbert, announced Legendary Pictures has found a director for the Dune reboot.

Denis Villeneuve is the director behind the upcoming Blade Runner 2049 sequel, directed Arrival, and Sicario. While we are still waiting for Blade Runner 2049, Sicario and Arrival are both intense and fantastic, so Dune should be a trip and a half when the spice finally flows.

Set in the distant future amidst a feudal interstellar society in which noble houses, in control of individual planets, owe allegiance to the Padishah Emperor, Dune tells the story of young Paul Atreides, whose noble family accepts the stewardship of the desert planet Arrakis. As this planet is the only source of the “spice” melange, the most important and valuable substance in the universe, control of Arrakis is a coveted — and dangerous — undertaking. The story explores the multi-layered interactions of politics, religion, ecology, technology, and human emotion, as the forces of the empire confront each other in a struggle for the control of Arrakis and its “spice”.

What are your reactions to this latest bit of Dune news?


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  1. I liked Arrival but it was a bit low-key, focussing on the personal experience of one woman. I wonder how he will handle something quite a bit more epic. When I see blade runner 2049 I’ll be able to get a better idea of how he handles sci-do, unless we get little sign of the rest of the world and it stays tightly focussed on one person for the whole movie.

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