First draft of new Dune screenplay is finished

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Mar 26, 2021, 4:00 PM EDT (Updated)

Get ready, because we've got Dune news. The first draft of the screenplay for the latest adaptation of Frank Herbert's influential sci-fi novel is done, according to the late author's son Brian Herbert.

About a year ago, Legendary Entertainment acquired the worldwide rights to the 1965 novel and began working to bring the property back to the big screen. You might remember a film based on the books that was directed by David Lynch in the 1980s. Since then, there have been other attempts to bring the project to the screen that failed. 

But so far, this adaptation has been moving along as expected *fingers crossed*. Oscar-winning writer Eric Roth (Munich, Forrest Gump) joined the project in April, and Brian Herbert announced on Twitter that the first draft of the screenplay is finished.

"We have the first draft of the DUNE screenplay from Eric Roth," Herbert tweeted. "I am working on it day and night, consulting closely with Kevin [J. Anderson]. We expect to send our comments to Legendary by this weekend.  Lots of good stuff in the script, and things to be tweaked. I'm happy to be involved."

Herbert, along with Anderson, wrote the Dune prequel books, so it's comforting to see both involved in the early stages. Earlier this year Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Blade Runner 2049) was announced as the director of the project and recently told Collider that while there's been speculation about him directing a future Bond film, Dune is his top priority at the moment. After all, he is a huge fan of the book.

So for fans looking forward to the next adaptation of one of the best-selling sci-fi novels of all time, it sounds like at the moment all is well.

(via Collider and Bleeding Cool)