Dune first came onto our screens in 1984 as a film adaptation of the 1965 critically acclaimed novel. The movie was initially deemed a flop, but has recently become even more popular and have achieved cult status. In 2003 it was awarded the title of the best-selling sci-fi novel in history, so it’s no wonder it’s getting a reboot – and with the perfect writer.
This week, it was confirmed that Eric Roth has joined the Dune family, and is tapped to write the new screenplay. And if you love your movies but don’t know who Eric Roth is… shame on you. Roth has brought you some of the most iconic screenplays over the past few decades. He penned scripts for the likes of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Insider and Munich, for which he earned Oscar Nominations. But his most famous work was writing the script for Forrest Gump, for which he earned the well deserved Academy Award.
This movie is Roth’s first invitation into the world of science fiction, but he has a good team behind him. Roth has joined the legendary director, Denis Villeneuve on the project. And Villeneuve isn’t shy when it comes to making a statement in his movies. He has recently been nominated for the award of Best Director for his work on Arrival and is currently working on the upcoming Blade Runner movie. So it seems Roth is in good hands.
The new reboot is going to be similar to the original storyline, set in the future and following the life of Paul Atreides. The story focuses on the planet Arrakis, with themes of power, family, politics, religion and reign. But we won’t give too much away.
The movie is only in the early stages of development, but we can’t wait to find out more. Who will star in the movie? When will it be released? We’re keeping our eyes peeled.