Dune is a white whale. Written by novelist Frank Herbert, the book has yet to be successfully adapted on-screen. Alejandro Jodorowsky tried and failed in the ‘70s, while David Lynch managed to finish a film and release it, but fans of the book weren’t exactly satisfied. Now, Legendary Entertainment has acquired the film and television rights to the property.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the company picked up the rights “for the development and production of possible film and television projects for a global audience.” Thomas Tull, Mary Parent and Cale Boyter are attached as producers, with Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert onboard as executive producers.
Of course, the difficulty of adapting Dune means that any potential television or film property is still years away, if it ever comes at all. Even so, there would be plenty of people eagerly anticipating an adaptation of the series, which now spans dozens of books—that is, if it ever gets made. Read Paste’s 2015 tribute to 50 years of Dune here.