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Abrams ComicArts Sets ‘Dune’ Graphic Novel Trilogy

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The book finally gets the graphic novel treatment

With the big-picture Dune film due out at the end of 2020 from Warner Bros., the folks at Abrams ComicArts are looking to bring the original novel to graphic novel form. The adaptation is set as a three-part hardcover adaptation with the first volume set for an October 2020 debut. They’re planning a 100,000 copy run for it.

The adaptation is being written by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson with Raul Allen and Patricia Martin handling the artwork. Bill Sienkiewicz is on board for logo design but also doing a triptych cover for the three volumes.

“Dune has been acknowledged as the inspiration for Star Wars and Game of Thrones and is even more relevant today than when it was first published, presaging the effects of global warming, water shortages, and increased political upheavals in the Middle East,” Abrams ComicArts Editorial Director Charles Kochman said of the source material. “We are excited by the opportunity to work with Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, taking this seminal work by Frank Herbert and introducing it to a new generation of readers.”

“I am pleased to present this faithful graphic novel adaptation of my father’s masterpiece,” Brian Herbert, son of series creator Frank Herbert, said. “This is the first time Dune has ever been published in this format and will introduce many new readers to Frank Herbert’s fantastic universe.”

The first book has sold some twelve million copies in the 50+ years since its debut and its one that has been largely considered unfilmable because so much of it revolves on internal dialogue, politics, intrigue, and other small elements. It is, in my thinking, the kind of ideal show for a premium cable network as it really does require the length of time to tell the tale and dig into the expansive cast. I actually began re-reading the books once again this year, something I seem to do every seven years or so, and am in the midst of Children of Dune so that I can get to my favorite of the core four with God Emperor of Dune. I can see how these can be filmed but it requires a kind of reinvention on the previous views of how to do it, moving away from some of the 60′s inspired visuals that populated Jodorowsky and Lynch’s attempts at the project for something a little more, weirdly to say, traditional but with the grand scope.

Plot concept: 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.

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