Denis Villeneuve's 'Dune' Finds Oscar-Winning Writer for Reboot

Eric Roth, the writer behind ‘Forrest Gump’ and the upcoming ‘A Star Is Born’ reboot, will pen the remake of the sci-fi epic.

Denis Villeneuve’s Dune reboot has found a writer to bring Arrakis back to the big screen.

Eric Roth, who won the Oscar for his screenplay for Forrest Gump, will adapt Frank Herbert’s sci-fi novel that follows Paul Atreides, whose family controls the desert planet Arrakis, the only producer of a highly valuable resource, spice melange. When Paul and his family are betrayed, he leads a rebellion to regain control of his home world. 

Legendary picked up the film and television rights to Herbert’s classic in late 2016. 

David Lynch directed the 1984 adaptation of the 1965 novel. The $40 million film, which ultimately grossed $30 million and was a critical failure, has over the years become a cult favorite.  

Along with Villeneuve, Mary Parent and Cale Boyter will produce the new Dune adaptation, with Thomas Tull acting as the executive producer along with Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert for the Frank Herbert estate.

Science fiction novelist Kevin J. Anderson, who is responsible for Star Wars and X-Files spinoff novels, among other works, will serve as a creative consultant. 

Roth, whose other credits include The Insider and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, also penned the screenplay for Bradley Cooper’s upcoming A Star Is Born remake for Warner Bros. He is repped by CAA and Jackoway Tyerman.

SOURCE: Hollywood