Eric Roth to Write Denis Villeneuve ‘Dune’ Reboot
As Variety reports, Eric Roth, the writer behind Forrest Gump and the upcoming A Star is Born reboot, has officially been brought on board to write the remake of the sci-fi epic Dune, which Legendary Pictures secured the rights to make last Thanksgiving.
Denis Villeneuve— who is currently in post-production for Blade Runner 2049— was tapped to helm the project earlier this year. Along with Villeneuve, Mary Parent and Cale Boyter will produce, with Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt, and Kim Herbert serving as executive producers.
Set in the distant future, the Frank Herbert‘s 1965 novel follows Paul Atreides whose family accepts control of the desert planet Arrakis. As the only planet capable of producing the highly valuable resource, control of Arrakis is highly contested among the noble families. When Paul and his family are betrayed, the story dives into politics, religion, and man’s relationship to nature as Paul leads a rebellion to restore his family’s control of Arrakis.
The novel has previously been adapted for the screen twice – as a 1984 film directed by David Lynch, starring Kyle MacLachlan as Paul Atreides, and a three part television mini-series (2000), starring Alec Newman.
Roth, whose other credits include The Insider and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, hasn’t written a sci-fi movie before. However, this is not a Transformers movie. Dune is a dynastic space opera epic with various complex ideas and deep undertones, which needs to be taken seriously. That’s why I’m now officially looking forward to this adaptation.