Deadline is reporting that WarnerMedia has given a straight to series order for Dune: The Sisterhood, a drama based on Frank Herbert’s classic novel Dune, which is designed to co-exist with the upcoming Dune film, leading to the film’s director Denis Villeneuve being set to executive produce the series as well as direct the pilot.
Frank Herbert’s Dune portrays a future in which humanity has spread across the galaxy to thousands of worlds, all ruled by the Padishah Emperor, The Imperium. The series is set to explore 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.
This is being aimed to be released on the upcoming WarnerMedia streaming serve and is all part of Legendary’s comprehensive plans for Dune as a major franchise, including having it set to other forms of media that include video games, Digital content packages and comic book series. One of the upcoming films writers, Jon Spaihts, is attached to write The Sisterhood.
Speaking about the series, Denis Villeneuve said:
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 and Spaihts will be executive producing the series alongside Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert for the Frank Herbert estate. Kevin J. Anderson will serve as co-producer.