Screenswriter Tapped For Denis Villeneuve’s Dune Reboot

Dune Remake

The horrendous 1984 film adaptation of Dune will forever remain within us, but maybe a remake will at least help us to overlook it in the not too distant future. The reboot of Dune is gaining more momentum these days, as a screenwriter has now been selected alongside a director who will helm the ambitious project, which once failed miserably in the 80’s.

Back in December, Canadian director Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Blade Runner 2049) was tapped to direct a new Dune film adaptation, which is entirely based on the seminal 1965 sci-fi novel of the same name by American author Frank Herbert. Now, Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, The Postman, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) is being eyed to pen a screenplay on Herbert’s complex sci-fi story.

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.

At the very moment, Villeneuve will also produce the reboot with Mary Parent and Cale Boyter. Thomas Tull, Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt, and Kim Herbert are all on-board as executive producers. In addition, sci-fi author Kevin J. Anderson will serve as a creative consultant for the film.

Stay tuned to Yell! Magazine for much more Dune updates to come.

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