For many, the arrival of a brand new Dune film evokes recollections of the 1980s adaptation by David Lynch — a remake of a cult science fiction movie that’s alternatively held up as a very good adaptation of Frank Herbert’s iconic science fiction novel, or one which was a horrible misfire. A brand new film means an amazing quantity of extra Dune materials that’s been set to ignite curiosity: On the docket are a few massive board video games and a tabletop RPG, in addition to a graphic novel adaptation of the unique ebook from Abrams Comics and an ongoing line of comics.
But devoted Dune followers know the world has by no means actually gone away: Brian Herbert, son of Frank, and collaborator Kevin J. Anderson’s have steadily expanded upon the unique line of novels over time with dozens of prequels and sequels. With Denis Villeneuve, Timothee Chalamet, and Zendaya’s movie set to return out later this 12 months, they’ve been onerous at work persevering with that job. And nevertheless the film performs for mass audiences, there’s no signal of slowing down.
During this 12 months’s digital San Diego Comic-Con, Herbert and Anderson held a panel that included representatives from their comedian publishers and different inventive collaborators to replace followers on the state of the franchise and what they will count on within the nearish future.
Anderson kicked off the presentation by wanting again on his and Brian Herbert’s lengthy relationship, noting that they first met in 1997, and have been collaborators ever since. He estimated that collectively, they’ve written greater than three million phrases set within the Dune universe over the past close to quarter-century. Anderson famous that 2021 might be thought-about the “year of Dune, noting that there were so many Dune-related books and comics coming out this year alongside the movie.” Anderson defined that they recorded this specific panel dialogue again in May, and that as of May 27, he’d simply handed off an in depth define to Brian for the third installment of a trilogy that they’re at the moment writing, Heir of Caladan, which Herbert described as an “environmental novel.”
Herbert chalked up their success to an extended friendship, and the way they shared a imaginative and prescient for the franchise. “We have the same vision for this great journey we’re taking through the Dune universe,” he mentioned. “Sometimes, we’ll come up with the same idea, separately.”
Anderson used the panel to tout a few new releases which have come out just lately to coincide with the upcoming movie: Ace Books just lately republished all of Frank Herbert’s Dune novels, that includes new covers from Jim Tierney, which are available in both a boxed set of the first three (Dune, Dune Messiah, and Children of Dune), or all six of the novels. In addition, Ace has launched a deluxe hardcover version of the ebook, that includes a brand new cowl from artist Matt Griffin, a newly up to date map, and a few extra art work beneath the mud jacket.
From there, Tor editor Christopher Morgan took over the panel. Morgan is the editor dealing with the franchise and the newest releases from Anderson and Herbert, and famous that he’s been a live-long fan of the franchise. He pointed to the prolonged back-catalog of books that the pair have written over time.
With the discharge of the movie, the pair returned to Dune after a short break to launch a brand new trilogy of novels, The Caladan trilogy, the primary of which, The Duke of Caladan, is about proper earlier than the occasions of the unique novel. The ebook got here out final 12 months and is about to debut in paperback in September. The second installment of the trilogy, Lady of Caladan, additionally due out in September, follows Lady Jessica as she involves phrases together with her commitments to the Bene Gesserit sisterhood and her circle of relatives. The third installment, Heir of Caladan, will come out someday subsequent 12 months.
When it does, it’ll be joined by one other ebook, “a brand new collection of Dune novellas” known as Sands of Dune. There’s no particulars on what these tales will cowl throughout the Dune universe.
From there, the panel took a have a look at the comics, handing the presentation over to Charlotte Greenbaum, the editor of the Dune graphic novels from Abrams. She famous that when the first volume of the adaptation was released last year, it was an enormous hit, and that they’ll be releasing a special edition of the book. The October launch might be a bit larger than the unique and include a slipcase and gold foil.
That ebook solely covers a part of Herbert’s unique ebook: Anderson famous that as a result of the unique Dune manuscript had been written in three components, his and Brian Herbert’s method was to launch the ”graphic novel into three components in the identical approach Frank Herbert wrote the novel in.”
Their method to adapting the novel for the format was to try to hold it as shut as potential to the unique supply, says Anderson, “I think everybody who’s seen a movie that says it was ‘adapted from an original source work’ cringes, because they always screw it up. We decided that we couldn’t improve on what Frank Herbert did, so our graphic novel is as close as we could make it, a literal scene by scene adaptation of [the] novel.”
Presently, Herbert and Anderson have written the script for the second quantity, set to return out someday in the summertime of 2022, they usually’re beginning to consider scripting the third. One enjoyable element that they talked about was that the artist, Raúl Allén, went out and commissioned a fancy dress based mostly on his design of the Fremen stillsuit design, which he used for reference whereas drawing.
After that, there was extra comics information, this time from Jonathan Manning, affiliate editor at BOOM! Studios, who introduced that its nicely on its option to closing out their ongoing adaptation of Herbert and Anderson’s first novel, Dune: House Atreides. Next week, on July 28, the writer will launch a particular comedian based mostly on their quick story “Blood of the Sardaukar.” Manning famous that the pair have written plenty of shorter works set within the Dune universe over time, that they represented some fascinating storytelling alternatives for the writer: They may simply produce them as single, outsized, particular points that construct on the world and sequence. Manning famous that they’re typically self-contained tales, however that additionally they serve the big, ongoing story, and symbolize a very good jumping-in level for brand new followers.
He additionally had an announcement: they’ll be releasing a second particular comedian, an adaptation of Herbert and Anderson’s quick story “Whisper of Caladan Seas” on Dec. 29, and might be drawn by Jakub Rebelka. Anderson famous that it was the primary story that he and Brian labored on collectively, and it got here out simply earlier than Dune: House Atreides. Manning additionally famous that they’ve received loads of extra plans for Dune in 2022, however couldn’t launch any additional particulars in the meanwhile.
From there, the again half of the panel turned its consideration to the franchise’s place to begin: Frank Herbert. Anderson and Herbert launched one of many elder Herbert’s collaborators, writer and poet Bill Ransom, who co-wrote The Jesus Incident, The Lazarus Effect, and The Ascension Factor with Herbert. He famous that the 2 had lived close to one another and had been longtime buddies, and ended up working collectively when Herbert’s spouse Beverly was abruptly hospitalized, and he was beneath deadline for a few tasks. Ransom recounted that they began working collectively in a shared world anthology from Harlan Ellison known as Medea.
Ransom additionally famous that Herbert had lengthy spoken about writing along with his son Brian, “long before Brian’s talking about writing with Frank,” and that when “Brian started writing and having his first few things coming out, Frank was real proud of that.” Father and son did find yourself collaborating earlier than the elder Herbert’s dying, a novel known as Man of Two Worlds, which got here out in 1986.
Ransom was additionally joined by Scott Brick, the long-time audiobook narrator for the Dune novels, who instructed Bill that he’d lengthy been a fan and had by no means had the chance to fulfill Frank, and that it was an honor to work on the books. He additionally famous that when he began engaged on the Dune novels, he made it a degree to achieve out to Brian, and the 2 spoke typically, serving to to determine pronunciations and to go over Herbert’s notes to get the main points proper whereas narrating.
With Dune set to hit theaters on Oct. 22, it’ll be accompanied by a constellation of ancillary merchandise: from this panel, it’s clear that Herbert and Anderson plan to maintain the Dune title round for a few years and tales to return.