But fans of Frank Herbert’s seminal novel can still expand their minds and immerse themselves in the saga’s feudal royal families with a stunning new visual Dune prequel comic written by the author’s son Brian and published by BOOM! Studios.
If you are concerned about Brian Herbert’s qualifications, then you shouldn’t. He is one of the greatest Yesterday Experts nearby and even had the chance to visit the set of Villeneuve’s film while it was being set, although he wouldn’t reveal whether any of the prequel novels already written will go into the director’s adaptation.
“This is a really big movie,” says Brian Herbert Inverse, “A big project that will forever be considered THE definitive film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic novel. Fans will love this movie. Denis Villeneuve is the perfect director Yesterday. ”
Dune: House Atreides # 1 arrives October 21st and begins a stellar 12-issue series adapted and written by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson who co-wrote the 1999 prequel novel of the same name based on Frank Herbert’s private notes. It takes place in the years before the novel, which won the Hugo and Nebula Award in 1965 YesterdayThis comprehensive new story throws readers back to the desert planet where Pardot Kynes explores the strange ecological secrets of arrakis in remote regions.
Meanwhile, Emperor Elrood’s son Shaddam Corrino plans a political takeover while an eight-year-old slave named Duncan Idaho tries to escape cruel masters in the distance, and a young Leto Atreides begins his fateful journey to the royal throne. These three souls will be drawn together, first as apostates and then as something greater, when they discover the truth that their ways will change the shape of history.
Inverse joined Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson to learn how this new BOOM! The comic book adaptation evolved, worked inside and added the famous Yesterday Canon on the Yesterday The film is set in Budapest and how this prequel material could one day turn into a fantastic Hollywood film.
Why is the time for a dune? Comic-Serie?
Brian Herbert:: The boom! Comics are the perfect place to grow the Dune universe’s fan base and reach new readers. This novel is the first in a trilogy I wrote with Kevin that led to the events in YesterdaySo it’s a perfect place for new readers to join the series – and existing fans will enjoy it too.
Kevin J. Anderson:: I smile because at BOOM! I can tell you that we have all tried to make this happen for more than a decade! I read Frank Herbert’s original Yesterday Series a long time ago and the stories conjured so many epic, vivid images in my head. I always thought that the dune The universe would be just right in the comic book world.
Can you take us on a short trip around the world? House Atreides Action?
KJA:: House Atreides is the first Yesterday Roman Brian and I published over 20 years ago. When we started exploring and expanding Frank Herbert’s vast universe, we felt the best place to start was from the prequel story, which is where so many of the famous characters come from WORLD– Duke Leto, Lady Jessica, Baron Harkonnen, der Planetologe Kynes, Kaiser Shaddam.
BH:: Kevin’s summary is a good place to start reading up on the plot. One reader told us that we have eight storylines in the plot for this novel, although I haven’t verified that. In our overall storyline for each novel, we like to weave several storylines, build up the tension and, at the end, draw everything together.
Should fans read the new comic before reading any of the other books you wrote first?
KJA:: The monthly comics of House Atreides is a visual adaptation of the plot and characters in the novel and follows the story closely. There are two different versions, and each enhances the other. We hope that the many readers of the novel will read the comics and vice versa.
How has Yesterday changed your life?
BH:: It’s a big responsibility and I take it very seriously. I am President of the company that manages my father’s estate, so I have extensive responsibilities in jointly managing all projects related to Frank Herbert. I’m also a writer, so I wear two hats – business and creative – and have to find a balance. Sometimes when I am writing a new novel my emails and contracts pile up waiting for my attention, but I have to do it that way or I won’t be able to complete the writing projects.
I’ve just finished my half of the first draft of Dune: The Lady of CaladanWrite 70,500 words in 35 days – one chapter a day with no excuses. Right now I’m blocking time to take care of all business matters that have been put on hold.
What do you think of the canon debates over your prequel and sequel books?
BH:: Before Kevin and I wrote a word in the Dune universe in 1998, last year I put together a massive Dune concordance that was 600 pages apart. We use this as a reference when we write the novels, so we know the Dune canon very well. We’re also doing both Dune Canon work on the current Yesterday-Series film and television projects, supported by my nephew Byron Merritt.
The three of us know a lot about them Yesterday Canon. In the new novels that I write with Kevin, we not only stick to what Frank Herbert has established, but also create new works that fit into his Dune canon and even canon become.
KJA:: Fans can always discuss a series they feel so passionate about, and we’re excited to see millions of readers continue to enjoy our novels even after more than two decades. If you look at the hundreds and hundreds of Amazon reviews that have been published and not one of our 15 Yesterday Novels have a lower average rating than four stars, which tells us what we need to know.
What are you most looking forward to with director Denis Villeneuve’s screen? Yesterday Feature?
BH:: I was very impressed with the trailer and I was thrilled to actually play in Budapest last year, where my wife and I saw several scenes being made. This is a really big movie, a big project that will forever be considered THE definitive film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic novel. Fans will love this movie. Denis Villeneuve is the perfect director Yesterday.
Will the new movie use something from your prequel novels?
BH:: This film is called “Yesterday“And follows what Frank Herbert has set out. Come on! You know we can’t reveal what’s in the movie! Nice try anyway.
How does Dev Pramanik’s art enhance and aid the plot of this comic book prequel?
BH:: Just looked at Dev’s artwork today and I love the way he set up the chalkboards to give our novel the large-scale look it deserves. His illustrations of the different planets, cities, and main buildings are spectacular and the characters look great, with excellent detail in their faces and actions. He is the perfect artist for this project. His use of color is great.
KJA:: Brian and I wrote the script for each issue, and we had a visual layout in mind when we told the story, but when I saw Dev’s work of art I was overwhelmed – not just the quality of the work of art itself, but the scope of its panel layouts and its visual storytelling. Impressive! I couldn’t think of a better person to bring our prequel story to life.
What was the funniest and most rewarding job on it? Yesterday Project at BOOM !?
BH:: More than 20 years after our publication Dune: House AtreidesThe novel comes to life in a new way. With all the pictures I see on the pages of the new comic editions, I am more convinced than ever that this novel would be an excellent film project. We wrote the scenes very visually and Dev Pramanik’s artwork enhanced our original vision even more.
KJA:: Brian and I planned the first prequel trilogy in the late 1990s, and we’ve lived with that plot and these characters for so long, but we’ve written a dozen other all-consuming since then Yesterday Novels set in different time periods in Frank Herbert’s future story, and we also wrote our original Hellhole trilogy together, as well as many solo projects.
This project with BOOM! allowed us to take a step back, like a homecoming, and revisit the very first runaway bestseller we wrote, the start of that whole locomotive. Read again House Atreides Converting it to a new format was a very exciting process.
Dune: House Atreides # 1 is available now.
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