It’s been 33 years since the David Lynch-directed Dune hit theaters and it seems as though, surprisingly (ha), Hollywood isn’t willing to let the property go. In November, Legendary Studios secured the rights to the Dune novels from author Frank Herbert’s estate.
There hasn’t been much in the way of news since, with rumors of various directorial candidates in the running but no confirmation. Until today! Brian Herbert, son of the late author, took to Twitter to announce that Denis Villeneuve will direct:
It's official — Legendary Pictures has signed the very talented Denis Villeneuve to direct the exciting new DUNE series film project.
— Brian Herbert (@DuneAuthor) February 1, 2017
Villeneuve had been rumored to be the front runner in Legendary’s search since November, but today’s confirmation is good news for fans and Herbert’s estate, both of which seem happy with the news.
The director is best known for his recent release, Arrival, which was a critical darling and won multiple coveted honors at the Golden Globes and Academy Awards. Other recent projects include Sicario, Enemy, and Prisoners.
No other news, such as screenplay writer or producers, has arrived, but it’s only a matter of time now if Legendary is committed to moving ahead with their reboot.