While Hollywood is scooping up actors for a new Dune film, Funcom has just secured the rights for a new series of games based on the epic franchise.

News comes from the company's most recent financial report, in which the deal was announced to shareholders.

"We are very excited to announce an exclusive gaming partnership with Legendary Entertainment to develop a line of video games based on the works of Frank Herbert’s Dune," said Funcom CEO Rui Casais.

"Dune is one of the world’s best-known science fiction universes and a personal favourite of mine. To work on Dune games is a dream come true for many of us in Funcom."

The partnership with Legendary consists of a six-year deal for at least three games on PC and consoles. One of these titles has been confirmed as an open-world multiplayer game which will go into pre-production later this year.

Funcom's recent titles include Conan Exiles and Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden, but the company also has experience with MMOs after publishing Anarchy Online and Secret World Legends.

I still have incredibly fond memories of the RTS titles, so fingers crossed there's a new one in the works as part of this deal.