The worlds portrayed in the novels from sci-fi author Frank Herbert were never going to be easy to bring to the screen. However, when it was announced that visionary director David Lynch would take on Herbert's acclaimed work Dune, it seemed like a match made in heaven. Yet, the 1984 film was a commercial, critical, and fan-failure, and the 2000 miniseries didn't fare much better. In the time since, no one has even attempted to take on a single one of Herbert's works, even though his catalogue is vast... Until now!
According to Jen Yamato at Deadline, producer Dimitri Villard (Flight of the Navigator) has purchased the rights to Herbert's more mainstream story involving the intersection of politics, pride, and Native American culture. Soul Catcher tells the tale of Native American who abducts the teenage son of a politician with the intention of sacrificing him in an act of vengeance, but instead the two form an unlikely bond. Says Villard of the project:
“The book is an extraordinary example of Frank Herbert’s brilliant writing, and it is something I’ve always wanted to turn into a film. I remember the rights being unavailable when I first pursued the Soul Catcher project in the ’80s, but as my producing career developed I never forgot the powerful effect the story had on me. Now, with full support from the Frank Herbert estate, we have the opportunity to make a culturally impactful film that combines elements of suspense, high drama, mysticism and Native American history that will resonate for years to come and appeal to the millions of Frank Herbert fans worldwide.”