Ever since Denis Villeneuve announced that he would be directing a Dune movie, I’ve been excited to see how the film would materialize. Despite the legendary status of Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel, there’s only been a few stabs at turning the property into a full-fleshed out feature film. There was Alejandro Jodorowsky’s attempt in the mid-70s, which became so impractical that the project was sadly abandoned for financial reasons (though it made one of the most riveting documentaries ever, Jodorowsky’s Dune.) And the only version that ever made it to the screen, David Lynch’s Dune from 1984, was panned by basically everyone.
But now there’s this new Dune, directed by a man who has already struck sci-fi movie gold with Blade Runner: 2049 and Arrival. Already, stars like Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson and Stellan Skarsgard have signed on to star in the upcoming sci-fi epic. Now, Oscar Isaac is negotiating the terms of his involvement with the upcoming film.Isaac would play Duke Leto Atreides, father to Chalamet’s character Paul Atreides, the protagonist in the original novel. Villeneuve will co-write the script alongside Eric Roth and John Spaihts.
The film will be distributed by Legendary Pictures.