While some film lovers may lament the fact that we live in an age where existing properties reign supreme at the box office, it can’t be overlooked that, now more than ever, we’re seeing ridiculously faithful and high quality adaptations of beloved books. In addition to seeing longer being adapted into film franchises, we’re also seeing a shift towards television, allowing audiences to spend a similar amount of time with the characters as they would in a book. In short, we live in an era of high quality adaptations across the board, and given the technology now at our fingertips, now is as good a time as any to see a remake of the sci-fi classic Dune.
For some time, Sicario, Arrival, and Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve had expressed his interest in tackling the dense world of Dune. It had been a “longstanding dream” of his to adapt the story, and as recently as last September, he didn’t think he would ever successfully acquire the rights to the flick. Months later, following Legendary’s closure of a deal with the Frank Herbert estate, the talented helmer was officially signed on to direct the flick, and work on the film began.
It sounds like Legendary is making all the right decisions with this one. Now, according to Variety, the studio has tapped Eric Roth to adapt the flick for the big screen. For those unfamiliar, Eric Roth is the writer of such great films as Forrest Gump, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Munich. He is also one of the executive producers on the hit Netflix show House of Cards.
The man certainly has a great track record behind him, and his experience in Hollywood is unmistakable, but I admittedly wish they had someone who was a bit more steeped in the sci-fi world. Not to retread all-too-familiar territory, but I would have loved to see Arrival’s Eric Heisserer pick up a pen for this adaptation. He’s already proven with that film that he can handle abstract and ambitious concepts, and his track record shows his affinity for genre screenwriting. All the same, Roth is hardly a bad choice.
For those unfamiliar with the Frank Herbert-written novel on which this film is based, below is its official synopsis:
“Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Muad'Dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family—and would bring to fruition humankind’s most ancient and unattainable dream.
“A stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, Dune won the first Nebula Award, shared the Hugo Award, and formed the basis of what it undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction.”
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