Dune, both the books and the movie have had a huge fanbase for many years. The David Lynch movie (1984) divided a lot of fans, but overall, it was an attempt to bring the book to the big screen. There was a TV series (2000), made by Sci Fi Channel.
Filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky had acquired the rights in the 1970s to make an extravagant ten-hour adaptation of the book, but the project fell apart. The effort to make the film was later documented in the documentary film Jodorowsky’s Dune released in 2013, which is a fascinating watch if you get the chance.
In 2008, Paramount Pictures announced that they had a new feature film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune in development with Peter Berg set to direct. Berg left the project in October 2009, with director Pierre Morel brought on to direct in January 2010, before Paramount dropped the project in March 2011 as they could not come to key agreements with their rights expiring back to Rubinstein.
Recently on Twitter, DuneInfo released some of the concept art from Kevin Jenkins.
In 2007 Paramount started a 4 year failed attempt to adapt #Dune. Late 2009 Pierre Morel replaced Peter Berg as director, and artist @kev_jenkins created this concept art around 2010.https://t.co/qhrmJ8iY3W pic.twitter.com/wCyyTRHaJl
— DuneInfo (@DuneInfo) April 24, 2021
Here is a better look at the images.
Kevin Jenkins has a very impressive portfolio for his concept work, including, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Dredd, World War Z, Thor: Dark World, Edge of Tomorrow and Guardians of the Galaxy, as well as working on other movies as an illustrator and digital artist.
The newest version of Dune, by Dennis Villenuve, was due out in Dec 2020, but we are all still waiting to see it.
It’s expected to be released, in the UK, in September 2021.