Most of your Dune-related attention has likely revolved around Denis Villeneuve’s excellent movie. But there’s more than just the film to feel excited about. Warner Bros. is launching a tie-in TV series called Dune: The Sisterhood, which will air on HBO Max. We learned this news back in 2019, but now we know who’ll be delivering the project. Variety reports that Diane Ademu-John will serve as showrunner on the series. In addition, Legendary has shared that Johan Renck will direct the first two episodes as well as executive produce the show. Additionally, Emily Watson and Shirley Henderson have been reported as the show’s leads. The show will serve as a prequel to the films.
According to Deadline, Watson and Henderson will star in Dune: The Sisterhood, they will play the roles of Valya Harkonnen and Tula Harkonnen, respectively. The publication notes, “The formidable Harkonnen Sisters, who have risen to power in the Sisterhood, a secret organization of women who will go on to become the Bene Gesserit.”
According to a release, the show’s description is as follows:
Set 10,000 years before the ascension of Paul Atreides, Dune: The Sisterhood follows the Harkonnen Sisters as they combat forces that threaten the future of humankind, and establish the fabled sect known as the Bene Gesserit.
As the release mentions, the titular “sisterhood,” references the Bene Gesserit, a mysterious order of women who exist in the book series. The Bene Gesserit form a political and social force, whose members train their bodies and minds to the point that they obtain superhuman abilities. They also seek to help other humans reach enlightenment, but ultimately remain loyal only to themselves.
According to Deadline, “the Bene Gesserit expertly weave through the feudal politics and intrigue of The Imperium, pursuing plans of their own that will ultimately lead them to the enigmatic planet Arrakis — known to its inhabitants as Dune.” In the series and the film, our hero Paul Atreides’ (Timotheé Chalamet) mother Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson) was raised by the Bene Gesserit, but betrays the secretive order in the name of love.
So yeah, not will we get a Dune TV series, but the Dune TV series lies in truly talented hands.
We’re excited to announce that Johan Renck will be directing the first 2 episodes of Legendary’s Dune: The Sisterhood series. From showrunner Diane Ademu-John the series will stream on @hbomax. pic.twitter.com/29SZP4GJcx— Legendary (@Legendary) April 27, 2022
As mentioned, Diane Ademu-John will serve as writer, showrunner, and executive producer. To date, Ademu-John has worked as a writer and producer on shows like The Haunting of Bly Manor, Empire, The Originals, and Crossing Jordan. Meanwhile, the release shares that director Renck has “won two Emmys as director and an executive producer for the HBO limited series Chernobyl, the highest-rated TV show ever on IMDb, which earned a total of 19 Emmy Award nominations and 10 Emmy wins.” He also directed episodes for shows like Vikings, Bloodline, and Breaking Bad.
Three-time Academy Award nominee Denis Villeneuve, Academy Award-nominated writer Jon Spaihts, Scott Z. Burns, Mark Friedman and Matthew King will executive produce with Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert for the Frank Herbert estate. Kevin J. Anderson will co-produce. The series is co-produced by HBO Max and Legendary Television with Legendary also producing the film franchise that released its first installment to critical acclaim in October 2021 and garnered six Academy Awards, including Oscar nominations for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.
It’s truly never been a better time to be a Dune fan. We’ll keep you posted as more information about the show becomes available.
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Originally published on June 10, 2019.
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