While we keep hearing regular casting updates on Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming, hotly anticipated Dune movie, many may have forgotten that there had been rumblings of other Dune offerings being lined up. Well, with that in mind, we now have news on a Dune TV series.
Via The Hollywood Reporter, Legendary Television is at work on a TV offering titled Dune: The Sisterhood. The focus of the series will be on the Bene Gesserit ancient order of women who have such a pivotal role to play in Frank Herbert’s Dune novels. Said ladies have total and utter mastery of their bodies and minds, and their heightened sense of perception allows them to guide humanity in whichever path they deem fit.
Dune director Villeneuve will be helming the pilot episode of Dune: The Sisterhood, with Denis co-writing the screenplay with Jon Spaihts. Both Villeneuve and Spaihts will serve as producer on the show along with Brian Herbert, Bryan Merritt and Kim Herbert of the Frank Herbert estate.
Dune: The Sisterhood will premiere on WarnerMedia’s to-be-titled new streaming service that’s on the way. At this stage, said streaming service has yet to be given a launch date.
Where Villeneuve’s Dune movie is concerned, that picture has put together an impressive ensemble cast that currently features Timothée Chalamet, Javier Bardem, Oscar Isaac, Stellan Skarsgard, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Rampling, Josh Brolin, Zendaya, David Dastmalchian and Dave Bautista, with Jason Momoa also in talks.
Dune began life back in 1965, with Frank Herbert’s original novel tying for the 1966 Hugo Award and then winning the inaugural Nebula Award for Best Novel. Set in the distant future, the story centres on Paul Atreides as his family takes control of the desert planet known as Arrakis. With valuable resources key to the tale, what unravels is a plot that’s full of politics, betrayal, and man’s relationship with nature. A Kyle MacLachlan-starring, David Lynch-helmed movie followed in 1984, which went on to become a cult classic, and then Syfy developed a Dune TV series in 2000. As for written works, Herbert penned five sequels himself before Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert expanded that written world even further
The new Dune movie offering is currently set for a November 2020 release, while a Dune video game is also in development in addition to the TV series.
As ever, expect more on all things Dune as they continue to develop.