For the past few weeks, it's been one Dune casting announcement after another: Stellan Skarsgard, Oscar Isaac, Zendaya, Javier Bardem, all joining the already-cast Dave Bautista, Charlotte Rampling, Timothee Chalamet, and Rebecca Ferguson. As the only producer of a highly valuable resource, jurisdiction over Arrakis is contested among competing noble families.
Villeneuve, who also directed Sicario and Arrival, co-wrote the script for the new Dune with Eric Roth (A Star Is Born, Forrest Gump) and Jon Spaihts (Prometheus). After Paul and his family are betrayed, the story explores themes of politics, religion, and man's relationship to nature as Paul leads a rebellion to restore his family's control of Arrakis. A mini-series for TV was produced in the early 2000s on the Syfy channel.
No release date for the Dune reboot has been announced, but Villeneuve has confirmed that it will be his next project after Blade Runner 2049.
Shooting will commence this spring in Budapest and Jordan.
If Dune proves to have better luck at the box office than Lynch's film, then there's plenty of material for sequels. Brian Herbert and Anderson are both involved with the Dune remake, as an executive producer and creative consultant, respectively.