Dune, the Frank Herbert masterpiece (and probably my favorite sci-fi novel) has been picked up by Legendary Pictures. According to various sites, Legendary Pictures reached an agreement with the Herbert estate. According to Legendary.com...
"Burbank, CA – November 21, 2016 – Legendary and the Frank Herbert estate have reached an agreement granting the production entity the film and television motion picture rights to the beloved novel DUNE, one of the most revered science fiction novels of all time. The agreement calls for the development and production of possible film and television projects for a global audience. The projects would be produced by Thomas Tull, Mary Parent and Cale Boyter, with Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert serving as executive producers."
Whether this will be a film series or a TV show, I don't know. However, I think Dune would make for a great HBO, Game of Thrones-ish TV show. Its got everything a show like that needs including deception, backstabbing, war, depth of conflict, and loads of sex (Bene Gesserit I'm looking at you). Or, maybe they will finally make Jodorowsky's Dune (I doubt it though).
If you aren't familiar with Dune or think it to be some obscure sci-fi reference, that might be because the novel is over 50 years old and has remained fairly absent from the mainstream surface of sci-fi culture. Released in 1965, Dune went on to win a Hugo Award and the very first Nebula Award. The story is epic in all regards and the Dune Universe is one wholly unique to itself. If you have never read the novel, now is the perfect time. There are other books in the series, most of which I have not read. But the originally Dune is a masterpiece of writing and imagination.
If you are interested in Dune, read the original novel first. There is also a film made in 1984 which was directed by David Lynch (yeah, Eraserhead Twin Peaks David Lynch). A lot of folks dislike the film but I love it. It's super weird and it has half-naked Sting (the musician not the wrestler) with orange hair. It's also got Al from Quantum Leap and Patrick Stewart. Its the perfect movie on a rainy Sunday when you want to take a nap and reassess your opinion of Sting. After reading the novel and watching the film, check out the documentary called Jodorowsky's Dune which is all about Alejandro Jodorowsky's failed attempt to make an epic 14 hour Dune film in the 70's (which featured Salvador Dali as the emperor, artwork by HR Giger and Moebius, and a budget that was never going to happen).
Dune is epic and it needs to come to the forefront of sci-fi culture because it is incredibly unique and complex and wonderful. Don't let us down, Legendary Pictures...
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