Eric Roth to Adapt ‘Dune’ With Denis Villeneuve to Direct

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Veteran screenwriter Eric Roth has signed on to pen the screen adaptation of Frank Herbert’sDune” novel.  “Arrival” director Denis Villeneuve is on board to direct the reboot.

Roth won an Oscar for his “Forrest Gump” screenplay, and is also known for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and “Munich.” He also has Bradley Cooper’s “A Star Is Born” remake on the horizon.

For those unfamiliar with “Dune,” the book’s official synopsis provides some background:

Frank Herbert’s epic masterpiece—a triumph of the imagination and the bestselling science fiction novel of all time.

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.

The book has sold close to 20 million copies since its debut. The novel was first made into a film in David Lynch’s 1984 film of the same name.

Villeneuve is no stranger to the science fiction genre, with the likes of “Arrival” and the forthcoming “Blade Runner 2049” on his resume.

No word yet on who might be joining the cast.

There is not a release date yet for the project. Stay tuned for more updates on “Dune” as they come in.

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