Dune: George R R Martin’s epic space saga returns

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The source material has been adapted for the big screen many times over the decades George R R Martin’s epic “Star Wars” fantasy saga is going into its…

Dune: George R R Martin's epic space saga returns

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The source material has been adapted for the big screen many times over the decades

George R R Martin’s epic “Star Wars” fantasy saga is going into its ninth series, HBO’s hit “Game of Thrones” has been called “the greatest show on earth” and Star Wars films now consistently bring in billions at the box office.

Yet an ongoing phenomenon has shown that there are still “more stories” to tell.

Hollywood apparently thinks so too, and now will be working with a novel series called “Dune”.

Like other sci-fi novels with space battles, Emperor Palpatine and their like, Dune is set in a galaxy far, far away.

Strap in for another Star Wars fix, with Josh Trank (producer, X-Men: The Last Stand, Chronicle) taking the helm.

Behold, here’s the official synopsis, who said: “Set in the distant future, Dune tells the epic story of Paul Atreides, whose noble family attempts to control a vast desert planet called Arrakis, a precious resource coveted by other powerful families.

“Paul’s quest for control of Arrakis, as well as his battle against the oppressive and corrupt Pinocchio Republic, ultimately leads to a great global revolution.”

Image copyright Paramount Image caption “True Detective” and “Iron Man” director Jon Favreau will also be working on this film

Nothing has been said yet about the cast, but one person already confirmed is Sir/Ms Lady Gaga, who sings the Oscar-winning theme to The Sound of Music.

The new Dune will be written by newcomer Eric Roth (“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”) and directed by “Wonder Woman” Oscar winner Patty Jenkins.

And two more directors have been cast to work on the project: the classy Joss Whedon (“Thor: The Dark World”, “The Avengers”) and the young Favreau (“The Jungle Book”).

So if you’d like to be in a movie with Lady Gaga, Scarlett Johansson (who played Black Widow in this year’s Avengers movie), Benedict Cumberbatch (“Sherlock Holmes”), Chris Pratt (“Guardians of the Galaxy”, “Jurassic World”), Dominic West (“The Wire”, “The Affair”), and director Jenkins, why not take an entry point out of “Star Wars” and stay on Planet Dune.

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