Denis Villeneuve's Dune lands Oscar-winning screenwriter

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Apr 5, 2017

Two months ago, news broke that director Denis Villeneuve, red hot after the success of Arrival, will direct the upcoming new adaptation of Frank Herbert's sci-fi epic, Dune, and the flick immediately shot to the top of the Most Intriguing Upcoming Projects list around these parts. Dune is one of the greatest sci-fi novels ever written, and Villeneuve is one of the best sci-fi directors working today. Plus, he's a rabid Herbert devotee, so this feels like a little bit of destiny being fulfilled.

Great director aside, we haven't heard that much else about the new Dune flick since Villeneuve came on board. It doesn't yet have a release date, or a cast, or really anything else that we know of. Now that a director's moving the project forward, though, another key piece of the production team has fallen into place: a screenwriter.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Academy Award winner Eric Roth has joined the production to adapt Herbert's beloved novel for the screen, with a little help from Dune series co-writer Kevin J. Anderson, who will be consulting on the film. Roth has more than 40 years of screenwriting experience, with credits including The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Ali and Munich (which more people should see, I'm just sayin'). He's best known, though, for Forrest Gump, which earned him an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Now, Roth will have to bring all of his powers of adaptation to bear on Herbert's extremely complex sci-fi power struggle, with its ruling houses and prophecies and giant sand monsters. Dune has proven more than once to be a very tough thing to translate to the screen, so Roth has his work cut out for him.

What do you think? Now that Dune's creative team is really taking shape, is the film still on the right track?