Even though the film is a year away with no material out for it, Warners is so confident in Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming “Dune” film that there’s already a TV spin-off series in the works titled “Dune: The Sisterhood” for the coming streaming service HBO Max.
Previously the series had scribe Jon Spaihts, who co-wrote the film with Villeneuve, slated to write the pilot along with serve as executive producer and showrunner.
Now, The Live Feed reports that HBO Max has parted ways with Spaihts saying the network wasn’t happy with the script that was turned in and is moving in a different direction with a new unnamed showrunner. Villeneuve had been signed to helm the pilot episode but it’s not clear if that’s still the case.
The move frees up Spaihts to focus on the script for the unannounced but expected “Dune” film sequel which will adapt the second half of Frank Herbert’s novels.
“Dune: The Sisterhood” is said to be a female-focused series set in the larger universe of the film and focused on the Bene Gesserit, an order of women who possess almost supernatural powers and are among the most respected and feared groups in the universe.
The first “Dune” film hits December 18th 2020.