Science Fiction fans may have cause to celebrate as Dune gets a step closer to being adapted into a new film or television series.
Legendary Entertainment has reached an agreement with the Frank Herbert estate that grants them the rights to develop and produce a film and/or television motion picture.
The project(s) would be produced by Thomas Tull (The Dark Knight, Inception), Mary Parent (The Revenant, Pacific Rim), and Cale Boyter (The Butterfly Effect, Wedding Crashers). Author and Son of Frank Herbert Brian Herbert will act as an executive producer, alongside Frank Herbert’s Grandson Byron Merritt, and Kim Herbert.
Eight surprising facts about Dune:
- Frank Herbert was rejected by publishers more than twenty-three times before his manuscript was finally taken on by Chilton, a publishing company best known for publishing auto repair manuals.
- Dune was inspired by Herbert’s work as a freelance writer, researching sand dunes for a magazine piece about a U.S. Department of Agriculture program based in Oregon.
- Dune was originally released as a serial. The original story Dune World and Prophet of Dune, was published in Analog Magazine in 9 parts.
- In 1997 a Dune strategy board game was released.
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- Herbert’s creation of ‘Melange’ or ‘spice’, the fictional drug that gives its users a greater life span, vitality, and heightened awareness, was influenced by his own experiences with magic mushrooms.
- When the Dune film was released, theatres gave out a glossary of Dune terminology to avoid viewer confusion.
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- Folio Society created a collectors edition illustrated Dune book to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original book’s publishing. The book has eleven colour illustrations developed by artist Sam Weber.
- Over 12 million copies of Dune have been sold since 1965 – making it the best-selling science fiction book of all time.