Good news science fiction fans, Dune is in safe hands!
Variety broke the news that Eric Roth, Forrest Grump‘s Oscar award winning screenwriter, is set to write the screenplay for the Dune reboot, in his first adventure into the science fiction genre.
Roth, who is best known for his work on gems such as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Munich and The Insider, has been nominated for a total of four Oscars in recognition of his screenwriting contribution.
The news comes nearly four months after Denis Villeneuve, best known for, Arrival, Prisoners, and the upcoming film Blade Runner 2049, was announced as the film’s director.
The Dune reboot is based on Frank Herbert‘s award-winning novel, which was first adapted for the big screen in 1984. Directed by the renowned filmmaker David Lynch, the 1984 film was initially met with criticism but has since gained a cult following.
In 2016 it was announced that Legendary Entertainment and the Frank Herbert estate reached an agreement which granted the production company rights to the Dune novel. During which, Thomas Tull, Mary Parent and Cale Boyter, were named producers of the adaptation with Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert serving as executive producers.
The Dune novel is set in a distant future on the desert planet Arrakis. The story follows Paul Atreides, whose family assumes control over the planet. As the only producer of a highly valuable resource, jurisdiction over Arrakis is contested among competing noble families. Paul is forced to lead a rebellion in order to restore his family’s reign.