It’s definitely a weird feeling to see not just a revival of interest in Dune but a push for it in a way that’s just kind of surreal. With Denis Villeneuve working on the first of two planned films to adapt the first novel by Frank Herbert, WarnerMedia recently announced that they’ve given a straight-to-series order for Dune: The Sisterhood on HBO Max. Working in conjunction with Legendary Television, it’s designed to co-exist with the film and Denis Villeneuve will be stepping in to direct the first episode and serve as an executive producer on it to keep everything in line so that it all connects and doesn’t contradict each other.
This is where the new change comes in. Jon Spaihts is writing the show as he’s coming from working on the film treatment and was set as a showrunner on it along with Dana Calvo. Spaights is now off of this project so that he can focus on writing the screenplay for the second film, making Calvo the main showrunner on it. This would indicate a lot of positive studio reaction from what they’ve seen of the film so far so they can get production further along.
“The Bene Gesserit have always been fascinating to me. Focusing a series around that powerful order of women seemed not only relevant and inspiring but a dynamic setting for the television series,” Villeneuve said.
Plot Concept: Dune: The Sisterhood explores this universe through the eyes of a mysterious order of women: the Bene Gesserit. Given extraordinary 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.