Exclusive: Four decades after Dune
scribe Frank Herbert
published his acclaimed 1972 novel Soul Catcher, the book has been optioned for the big screen by producer Dimitri Villard
. The Flight Of he Navigator and Once Bitten
producer first pursued the Herbert tome during the 1980s but tabled his film career to run music company ArtistDirect until last year. Now he’s returning to the screen biz with Soul Catcher, about a militant Native American student who kidnaps the 13-year-old white son of a U.S. politician, intending to sacrifice the child for vengeance against wrongs committed against his people. As the captor and the captive flee from hunters across the Pacific Northwest, they form a bond that throws the planned act into question.
The late Herbert’s seminal Dune
remains the best-selling science fiction of all time and was adapted into a 1984 feature film by David Lynch
and a TV miniseries and sequel in the 2000s.