I don't think we have a thread about this just yet....so let's have one!
A few years back, Legendary Entertainment snagged the TV and film rights to Dune, and has since set about getting a new film adaptation made. The person they hired for this monumental task? Denis Villeneuve--the guy who directed Sicario, Arrival, and most recently, Blade Runner 2049.
Villeneuve seems to recognize that the book is pretty huge to adapt, and is going ahead with adapting it as a two-part film series. The first draft of the script (for the first film) was completed in May 2018, and Brian Herbert (son of Frank Herbert, author of the Dune series) confirmed in July that the script for the first movie covers approximately the first half of the book.
Happy as I am with the director and choice not to try to cram everything into one movie, the casting news that's been coming out over the last few weeks is really stellar:
Timothée Chalamet will play Paul Atreides
Rebecca Ferguson will play Lady Jessica Atreides
Oscar Isaac will play Duke Leto Atreides
Javier Bardem will play Stilgar
Zendaya will play Chani
Josh Brolin will play Gurney Halleck
Stellan Skarsgård will play Baron Harkonnen
Dave Bautista will play Rabban
Charlotte Rampling will play the Reverend Mother
There's no timeline for release just yet, but given that they haven't started filming yet, I'd guess we'll see Part 1 sometime next year....and I can't wait!