Denis Villeneuve is doubling up on “Dune.”
WarnerMedia has given out a straight-to-series order for a “Dune” TV series from Villeneuve called “The Sisterhood.” Villeneuve, who is directing a big-screen adaptation of the acclaimed sci-fi property, will direct the pilot and executive produce the series, with Jon Spaihts set to write.
“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,” stated Villeneuve.
Based on Frank Herbert’s epic “Dune” novel series, “Dune: The Sisterhood” explores the world of the book 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 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.
Villeneuve and Spaihts will executive produce alongside Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert for the Frank Herbert estate. Kevin J Anderson will co-produce. The series hails from Legendary Television – Legendary Entertainment is behind the film.
Villeneuve’s big-screen reboot of “Dune” — David Lynch directed a 1984 version — is set to come out in 2020. Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, and Dave Bautista will star in the film.
WarnerMedia’s streaming service will launch in beta at the end of 2019, with a full launch next year. “Dune: The Sisterhood” becomes the third series ordered at WarnerMedia, to go along with Ansel Elgort’s “Tokyo Vice” and the Anna Kendrick love anthology series “Love Life.”