The New Dune Movie Is Being Written By The Man Who Wrote Forrest Gump

But we don't think that should worry you.

A still from David Lynch's Dune. The franchise is now being rebooted. Image: Universal

Variety reports that Eric Roth, who won an Oscar for his adapted screenplay for Forrest Gump, has been hired to adapt the Frank Herbert novel Dune for director Denis Villeneuve. Roth also wrote The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Insider, Munich and Ali. So even though you say the words "Forrest Gump" and some people get nauseous, Roth is still a writer who is respected and has worked with some of the best filmmakers of all time: Fincher, Mann, Spielberg and Zemeckis, just to name a few.

This is good news.

Dune, of course, is set on the distant desert planet Arrakis and follows a deeply woven story that combines politics, science fiction and action. The novel was released in 1965 and was famously adapted into a 1984 film by David Lynch. Last year, Legendary acquired the rights to the entire universe from Herbert's estate and set Villeneuve, director of Arrival and Blade Runner 2049, to make the first film.

Hiring a writer of Roth's calibre as the next step shows a real eye for quality and talent. This isn't a project anyone is taking lightly. Even if Roth has previously only written one science fiction film: Kevin Costner's The Postman.


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    That's ok. He's just writing it - and arguably it's already been written. It's still being directed by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) which is good news.

    I'm looking forward to seeing what they come up with. I'm hoping it does well so that they can continue the saga and maybe even beyond.
    With a universe as expansive as Herbert's there are so many stories they could tell and from many angles, even outside of the main saga. They just need to convey the spice vision clearly enough to capture the imagination of the audience like the written material does so well.

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