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Shane Morehead, Staff Writer

Legendary Entertainment has recently acquired the rights to make a movie out of Frank Herbert’s classic novel “Dune.” The book is considered by many to be the science fiction version of “The Lord of the Rings.” The story is set in the distant future on a desert planet Arrakis, which is the sole producer of an important resource. The Atreides family has control over the planet until they are betrayed and overthrown. The movie is about Paul Atreides’ rebellion to restore his family’s control. The first film version was released in 1984 and has become a cult favorite in recent years, but it was largely disliked at first and was described as incomprehensible to those who hadn’t read the books. Since the release, there have been several attempts to make another movie, but they never actually went through. The only other successful adaptation besides the original movie has been a miniseries from 2000. However, the reboot has very high expectations. Those high expectations are mostly because of the director chosen for the project, Dennis Villeneuve.  He is the winner of many awards, and has been nominated twice for an Academy Award. Villeneuve has directed many great movies such as “Arrival,” “Prisoners,” and also the upcoming sequel “Blade Runner: 2049.” He has experience and a good reputation. I think he’ll do the story justice, and make a classic novel into a classic film. Like many others, I will be eagerly awaiting the films arrival.