Monday, June 10, 2019

WarnerMedia Streaming Service Picks Up Female-Focused 'Dune' Series from Denis Villeneuve

WarnerMedia's forthcoming streaming service has today given a series order to the original drama series Dune: The Sisterhood based on the novel by Frank Herbert. The series will co-exist alongside the 2020 film adaptation starring Timoth√©e Chalamet.

Jon Spaihts is writing the premiere script, which will be directed by Denis Villeneuve. They will executive produce with Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert. Kevin J. Anderson will co-produce. Spaihts and Villeneuve also co-wrote the script for the 2020 feature film, which is currently in production with Villeneuve directing. Legendary Television will produce the series.

The novel examines a future in which humanity has spread across the galaxy to thousands of worlds, all ruled by the Padishah Emperor, The Imperium. The new series will take place in the same universe and explore the future through the eyes of a mysterious order of women: the Bene Gesserit. Given abilities by their mastery of the body and the mind, 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.

"The Bene Gesserit have always been fascinating to me," said Villeneuve. "Focusing a series around that powerful order of women seemed not only relevant and inspiring but a dynamic setting for the television series."