Legendary Acquires Rights to Make "Dune" Movie and/or TV Show

Monday, 21 November 2016 - 5:17PM
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Monday, 21 November 2016 - 5:17PM
Legendary Acquires Rights to Make "Dune" Movie and/or TV Show
It's finally happening. After years of languishing in development hell, Dune is officially being adapted into a movie and/or TV show, now that Legendary has acquired the rights from Frank Herbert's estate.


The classic science fiction novel was once adapted into a 1984 movie by David Lynch, but has been ripe for a remake for several years. The latest attempt started gestating in 2008 at Paramount, with Peter Berg attached to direct, but after several directors left the project, Paramount dropped their plans in 2011. Now, Legendary and Universal Pictures are set to remake the film/TV series, although it's not clear which one. 

While Dune has also been adapted into a TV show before—a 2000 miniseries that aired on Syfy—I hope that they choose to make a series rather than another movie. Lynch's version was heavily criticized for being incomprehensible to viewers who didn't read the novels, which goes to show that the narrative is too expansive for a feature-length treatment. In the age of Peak TV, Dune would be much better off as a television project on a prestige network like HBO or a streaming service like Netflix, which could do a whole lot more world-building and exposition than a movie would have time for.
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