The prequel to Frank Herbert’s classic novel Dune will be adapted into a comic book by BOOM! Studios. The team who wrote Dune: House Atreides, Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, will also write the adaptation.
“Dune: House Atreides holds a special place in my heart,” said Brian Herbert. “It was the first novel Kevin and I wrote in my father’s fantastic Dune universe, and it is our first collaborative novel to be adapted for comics. In 1999, our novel was a surprise New York Times bestseller, and we have equally high expectations for this special BOOM! Studios adaptation.”
The 1999 prequel novel is set on the planet Arrakis 35 years before the events of Dune, introducing Duncan Idaho, Pardot Kynes, Leto Atreides and other names familiar to Dune fans. Brian Herbert, son of Frank Herbert, has written many novels of his own, including the Timeweb trilogy, The Little Green Book of Chairman Rahma, The Unborn, and The Assassination of Billy Jeeling. Anderson’s credits include many adaptations and tie-in novels for existing properties, including Star Wars, X-Files and Superman/Batman. He’s also write many comics for DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, IDW and Abrams, among others.
“It’s been more than 20 years since Brian and I published House Atreides, the first of our new novels set in Frank Herbert’s Dune universe,” said Kevin J Anderson. “We loved exploring all the possibilities Frank created for us, and those books introduced a whole new audience to Dune. Now, in adapting House Atreides into a vibrant graphic format, it’s like rediscovering the story and the world all over again. So much of the novel is visually driven, the union of comics and House Atreides is a natural.”
Accoridng to the press release, the limited series will be published in coordination with Abrams ComicArts, who will release a graphic novel trilogy adapting Frank Herbert’s original novel Dune that kicks off in the fall. The Dune graphic novels from ComicArts are also adapted and scripted by Brian Herbert and Anderson, and will be illustrated by Raúl Allén and Patricia Martín, with covers by Bill Sienkiewicz, who created the Dune logo shown above.