Perhaps after recognizing that the real world is so distasteful these days that audiences are more accepting of sci-fi stories than ever before, certified hit-making production company Legendary Entertainment has picked up the rights to Frank Herbert’s Dune, one of the most famous (and famously dense) sci-fi sagas ever written. This comes from Variety, which says the deal is for both the film and television rights to Dune, so we have no idea whether or not Legendary is planning to take this to theaters or some TV network willing to foot the bill for an elaborate space epic.
Wherever it ends up, this will be the latest in long line of attempts to adapt Dune, including David Lynch’s 1984 cult classic and Syfy’s TV miniseries released in 2000, back when the network was still the Sci-Fi Channel. As for Legendary, it’s the studio behind pretty much every huge movie of the last decade that wasn’t about a Marvel superhero, including The Dark Knight, The Hangover, and Inception. (Legendary also made Jonah Hex, Warcraft, and the collected works of Zack Snyder, but let’s try to be optimistic here.) At this point, that’s pretty much all we know about whatever is happening with Dune.