Arrival director Denis Villeneuve signs on to helm Dune reboot

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May 3, 2017, 10:48 AM EDT (Updated)

A big-screen reboot of the sci-fi classic Dune has been kicking around development for a while, and now the project has locked in one heck of a good director.

Denis Villeneuve, who directed the modern sci-fi masterpiece Arrival, has signed on to tackle the all-new Dune. Dune author Frank Herbert's son Brian confirmed the deal, which came on the heels of Legendary Pictures' purchase of the film and TV rights to the Dune franchise.

Details are scarce, but with Villeneuve at the helm, it stands to reason we'll be trading in at least some of the camp for a more serious adaptation of Herbert's cult hit novel about a world where civilizations rise and fall in a quest to control the mythical spice.

David Lynch's Dune adaptation hit the big screen in 1984 and starred Kyle MacLachlan as Paul Atreides. Critics hated it at the time, and the film was admittedly kind of a mess, but it's still something of a cult hit. Syfy also adapted the story into a miniseries in 2000, followed by a Children of Dune miniseries in 2003, both of which did gangbusters in the ratings. So there's little doubt that there's still a sci-fi audience out there wanting to see more from Dune.

The studio has'’t announced a timeline, but it stands to reason Villeneuve could tackle this project once he wraps up work on Blade Runner 2049, which opens in October.