Another Frank Herbert classic is gaining steam as it rolls toward the big screen. Soul Catcher, the Dune author’s 1972 novel about a vengeful Native American student who kidnaps the son of a government official, now has a director and screenwriter attached, EW has confirmed: Chris Eyre and John Sayles.
Eyre is a Native American who previously directed 1998’s Smoke Signals, which won Best Film at the American Indian Film Festival. Sayles is the esteemed indie filmmaker who’s written two Oscar-nominated screenplays during his four decades in the business.
Soul Catcher‘s rights were optioned last August by producer Dimitri Villard. “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,” Villard said at the time.
Deadline first reported Eyre and Sayles’ involvement.