Book to Screen: ‘Foundation’ vs ‘Dune, Part 1’

Call it the year of great adaptations. Or maybe not. 

For every Arcane (based on Riot Games’ League of Legends lore), there was a Cowboy Bebop. 

But the two biggest adaptations of the year had to be Denis Villeneuve’s take on Frank Herbert’s Dune, and showrunner David Goyer’s tackling of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation

Both books were notoriously considered unadaptable. 

Foundation has been attempted dozens of times over the years, with nothing culminating, and Dune is more famous for its film flops–Jodorowsky’s version becoming the stuff of legend, and the biggest misstep of David Lynch’s storied career. 

Both have heavily influenced other filmed properties, counting Luc Besson, Ridley Scott & George Miller, among others.