For a lot of, the arrival of a brand new Dune film evokes recollections of the Nineteen Eighties adaptation by David Lynch — a remake of a cult science fiction movie that’s alternatively held up as an excellent adaptation of Frank Herbert’s iconic science fiction novel, or one which was a horrible misfire. A brand new film means an awesome quantity of extra Dune materials that’s been set to ignite curiosity: On the docket are a couple of 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.
However 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 come back 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.
Throughout this 12 months’s digital San Diego Comedian-Con, Herbert and Anderson held a panel that included representatives from their comedian publishers and different artistic collaborators to replace followers on the state of the franchise and what they’ll count on within the nearish future.
Anderson kicked off the presentation by trying 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 could possibly be thought of the “12 months of Dune, noting that there have been so many Dune-related books and comics popping out this 12 months alongside the film.” Anderson defined that they recorded this explicit panel dialogue again in Might, and that as of Might 27, he’d simply handed off an in depth define to Brian for the third installment of a trilogy that they’re at present writing, Inheritor 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 now the identical imaginative and prescient for this nice journey we’re taking by way of the Dune universe,” he stated. “Typically, we’ll provide you with the identical thought, individually.”
Anderson used the panel to tout a few new releases which have come out not too long ago to coincide with the upcoming movie: Ace Books not too long ago 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 primary three (Dune, Dune Messiah, and Kids of Dune), or all six of the novels. As well as, 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 below 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 brief break to launch a brand new trilogy of novels, The Caladan trilogy, the primary of which, The Duke of Caladan, is ready proper earlier than the occasions of the unique novel. The ebook got here out final 12 months and is ready to debut in paperback in September. The second installment of the trilogy, Girl of Caladan, additionally due out in September, follows Girl Jessica as she involves phrases along with her commitments to the Bene Gesserit sisterhood and her family. The third installment, Inheritor of Caladan, will come out someday subsequent 12 months.
When it does, it’ll be joined by one other ebook, “a model new assortment of Dune novellas” known as Sands of Dune. There’s no particulars on what these tales will cowl inside 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 primary quantity of the difference was launched final 12 months, it was an enormous hit, and that they’ll be releasing a particular version of the ebook. The October launch will probably be a bit greater 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 manner Frank Herbert wrote the novel in.”
Their method to adapting the novel for the format was to try to hold it as shut as doable to the unique supply, says Anderson, “I feel all people who’s seen a film that claims it was ‘tailored from an unique supply work’ cringes, as a result of they at all times screw it up. We determined that we couldn’t enhance on what Frank Herbert did, so our graphic novel is as shut as we might 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 come back out someday in the summertime of 2022, and so they’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 dressing up 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 strategy to closing out their ongoing adaptation of Herbert and Anderson’s first novel, Dune: Home Atreides. Subsequent week, on July 28, the writer will launch a particular comedian based mostly on their brief story “Blood of the Sardaukar.” Manning famous that the pair have written various shorter works set within the Dune universe over time, that they represented some attention-grabbing storytelling alternatives for the writer: They may simply produce them as single, outsized, particular points that construct on the world and collection. Manning famous that they’re typically self-contained tales, however that in addition they serve the big, ongoing story, and signify an excellent jumping-in level for brand spanking new followers.
He additionally had an announcement: they’ll be releasing a second particular comedian, an adaptation of Herbert and Anderson’s brief story “Whisper of Caladan Seas” on Dec. 29, and will probably 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: Home 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 start line: Frank Herbert. Anderson and Herbert launched one of many elder Herbert’s collaborators, writer and poet Invoice Ransom, who co-wrote The Jesus Incident, The Lazarus Impact, and The Ascension Issue with Herbert. He famous that the 2 had lived close to one another and have been longtime mates, and ended up working collectively when Herbert’s spouse Beverly was abruptly hospitalized, and he was below 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, “lengthy earlier than Brian’s speaking about writing with Frank,” and that when “Brian began writing and having his first few issues popping out, Frank was actual happy with that.” Father and son did find yourself collaborating earlier than the elder Herbert’s loss of life, 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 Invoice 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 some extent to succeed in 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 come back.