The Dune franchise is coming to a TV near you. WarnerMedia’s streaming service has given a straight-to-series order to the sci-fi project “Dune: The Sisterhood.” The series will provide a more in-depth look at the original spice girls and their esoteric order.
Set in the universe of Frank Herbert’s epic “Dune” novel series, “Dune: The Sisterhood” gets told through the eyes of a mysterious order of women known as the Bene Gesserit. Given extraordinary abilities by their mastery of the body and the mind, the Bene Gesserit expertly weaves through the feudal politics and intrigue of The Imperium, pursuing plans of their own that will ultimately lead them to the mysterious planet Arrakis, known to its inhabitants as Dune.
This planned production is not the first time Dune has gotten adapted for television. There was previously a three-part Syfy miniseries that aired in 2000, followed by the 2003 follow-up “Children of Dune.” The “Dune” film reboot is slated to hit theaters on Nov. 20, 2020. Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, and Dave Bautista are among those attached to star. The book had previously gotten adapted into the now legendary cult classic 1984 film written and directed by David Lynch.
Villeneuve will direct the pilot with Jon Spaihts set to write. Spaihts and Villeneuve also co-wrote the screenplay for the film reboot along with Eric Roth. Villeneuve and Spaihts will executive produce with Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert for the Frank Herbert estate. Kevin J. Anderson will co-produce.
News of the series is in keeping with Legendary’s plans to expand the “Dune” franchise to a multitude of platforms.
After a recent very public stumble, Dune: The Sisterhood” marks the third official series order for WarnerMedia’s streaming platform, along with “Tokyo Vice” starring Ansel Elgort and “Love Life” starring Anna Kendrick with Paul Feig executive producing. As Variety exclusively reported last week, Elizabeth Banks is currently developing a series version of the podcast “Over My Dead Body” for the service, while a “Gremlins” animated series is also in the works.