The Hollywood Reporter reports that Passengers writer Jon Spaihts will now pen the sequel to director Dennis Villeneuve’s highly anticipated Frank Herbert adaptation Dune. He also co-wrote the Villeneuve film with Eric Roth and the Blade Runner 2049 filmmaker following his ouster as showrunner of HBO Max’s female-centric straight-to-series spinoff, Dune: Sisterhood, stemming from Legendary TV’s dissatisfaction with his work. From its inception, the film was always planned as at least a duology. As such, it’s good to know the franchise is moving ahead despite this setback on the television front. Frank Herbert’s Dune series chronicles the efforts of various houses as they endeavor to control the Spice Melange located on the planet Arrakis, aka Dune.
While I was looking forward to seeing what Jon Spaihts would bring to the table as a showrunner, I’m glad that he will be staying in the Dune family. Over the last few years, Spaihts has become known throughout Tinseltown for writing epic science fiction. From Prometheus to his unproduced script Shadow 19 and a host of other projects – including a brief stint as one of the writers on the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Dr. Strange solo film – Spaihts always brings a unique perspective to the genre. He also displays an unparalleled passion that has allowed him to move from strength to strength throughout his career. Given his affinity for sci-fi literature, Dune and Spaihts seem like a perfect match that will no doubt carry the franchise forward for many years. In the meantime, I can’t wait to see what Spaihts has brought to Mr. Herbert’s world when the first film premieres in December 2020.
Are you excited that Jon Spaihts will stay on with the franchise, or do you think his exit from Dune: Sisterhood is a bad sign? Should they pump the brakes on getting a sequel script ready when the first film isn’t out yet? Let us know in the comments and stay tuned to Geeks + Gamers for more movie news!