We've known for some time that Legendary was keen to get a new adaptation of Frank Herbert's Dune off the ground, and recently the word 'round the campfire was that they were very close to announcing the name of the project's director.
While that has yet to happen officially, a new report over at Variety may have done the job for them: according to them, the job's been offered to Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, the upcoming Blade Runner 2049). Please take a moment to change your pants.
For those keeping score at home, this deal would have Villeneuve moving on to Dune immediately after wrapping up work (and what I suspect will be a lengthy, worldwide press junket blitzkrieg) on October's Blade Runner sequel.
For those of you unfamiliar with the source novel (or David Lynch's highly debatable 1984 adaptation of the same), here's a plot synopsis from Variety:
Set in the distant future, Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides, whose family accepts control of the desert planet Arrakis. As the only producer of a highly valuable resource, control of Arrakis is highly contested among the noble families. 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.
No further updates at this time, but we'll keep you informed as the situation develops. Fingers crossed.