It will follow his highly anticipated Dune film reboot
If you weren’t already buzzing about the upcoming Dune film reboot, a TV series adaptation based on the sci-fi epic novel has officially been announced, based on the original novel by Frank Herbert.
Called Dune: The Sisterhood, the series – produced by Legendary Television and going on Warnermedia – will follow the lives of a mysterious order of women known as the Bene Gesserit, who embark on a journey to a mysterious planet called Arrakis, better known to its inhabitants as Dune.
The pilot will be headed by Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve, who is also directing the film remake that will be released next year. Villeneuve is writing the series along with his Dune movie co-screenwriter Jon Spaihts – both of them are executive producing the show alongside Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt, and Kim Herbert from the Frank Herbert estate. Kevin J. Anderson will co-produce.
“The Bene Gesserit have always been fascinating to me,” Villeneuve said in a statement. “Focusing a series around that powerful order of women seemed not only relevant and inspiring but a dynamic setting for the television series.”
The news follows Legendary Television’s plans to expand the Dune franchise to multiple platforms.
The show will go into production after Villeneuve finishes his film adaption of Herbert’s novel. The 2020 movie stars Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya. Earlier this month, Villeneuve announced that the film will “honour everything” about the original book. After David Lynch’s film version in 1984, starring Patrick Stewart and Kyle MacLachlan, the new Dune will be the second adaptation of the original novel.