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And here is the big official announcement, fifteen years in the making! This is the real deal, and we are all very excited
LEGENDARY ENTERTAINMENT ACQUIRES RIGHTS TO
FRANK HERBERT’S CLASSIC SCI-FI NOVEL DUNE
Burbank, CA – November 21, 2016 – Legendary and the Frank Herbert estate have reached an agreement granting the production entity the film and television motion picture rights to the beloved novel DUNE, one of the most revered science fiction novels of all time. The agreement calls for the development and production of possible film and television projects for a global audience. The projects would be produced by Thomas Tull, Mary Parent and Cale Boyter, with Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert serving as executive producers. Kevin J. Anderson will be either a Creative Consultant or a Co-Producer, depending upon which book is filmed.
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.
Dune has long been considered the crown jewel of science fiction properties. Its legacy and influence is witnessed in everything from STAR WARS to THE MATRIX and often referred to as the science fiction version of LORD OF THE RINGS with its sprawling world and multi-dimensional politics.
The agreement was negotiated by Mike Ross and Jen Grazier on behalf of Legendary and Marcy Morris and Barry Tyerman of JTWAMMK on behalf of the Herbert family.
About Legendary Entertainment
Legendary Entertainment is a leading media company with film (Legendary Pictures), television and digital (Legendary Television and Digital Media) and comics (Legendary Comics) divisions dedicated to owning, producing and delivering content to worldwide audiences. Legendary has built a library of marquee media properties and has established itself as a trusted brand which consistently delivers high-quality, commercial entertainment including some of the world’s most popular intellectual property. In aggregate, Legendary Pictures-associated productions have realized grosses of more than $13 billion worldwide at the box office. To learn more visit: www.legendary.com
We’re pleased to announce the five winners of the 2017 Don Hodge Memorial Scholarship for the Superstars Writing Seminar: Courtney Farrell, Lehua Parker, Blair McGregor, Aubrey Pratt, and Liz Colter! The scholarship entails full tuition of $749 for the three-day seminar, plus $275 for the additional Advanced Writing Craft Day.
We’re happy to announce the release of a new anthology, DRAGON WRITERS, including stories by Brandon Sanderson, David Farland, Jody Lynn Nye, Todd McCaffrey, and many others, edited by Lisa Mangum and with original cover art and introduction by James Artimus Owen. All proceeds go to fund the Don Hodge Memorial Scholarship for Superstars Writing Seminars.
This is the third anthology put together by Superstars Writing Seminar instructors and alumni. The first two—One Horn to Rule Them All (about purple unicorns) and A Game of Horns (about red unicorns)—were also edited by Lisa Mangum and published by WordFire Press. Harnessing the creativity and imagination of Superstars attendees, these books generated a lot of attention, and raised enough money to fund ten total scholarships for Superstars.
We decided we just had to do one more. Superstars instructors Brandon Sanderson, David Farland, Jody Lynn Nye, and Todd McCaffrey offered stories, but then the Superstars alumni submitted their best, to be selected by Lisa Mangum. The other contributors include Adric Mayall, Frog Jones, Josh Vogt, Scott Parkin, Kristin Luna, John D Payne, Joy Dawn Johnson, Michael Angel, Brandon M Lindsay, L.J. Hachmeister, Kevin Ikenberry, Frank Morin, Mel Koons, Jace Killan, Greg Little, Nancy Greene, Tristan Brand, Robert J McCarter, Aaron Michael Ritchey, Mike Jack Stoumbos, MJ Carlson, Peter E Sartucci
Pick up your eBook or print copy now and help us fund the *next* batch of Scholarships for Superstars! Percival the kitten approves.