Dune: Denis Villeneuve Working on TV Spinoff

Villeneuve's Dune universe is expanding to TV with a new, female-centric series.

Dune by Frank Herbert

WarnerMedia has decided to press forward with another TV series for its planned streaming service, which should launch later this year. The new project should tell you how excited people are for Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming Dune film(s) as it’s set to explore more of Frank Herbert’s world.

Dune: The Sisterhood, a series following mainly female characters in central roles, has been given a full series order, so you can rest assured that this thing is definitely happening. Villeneuve will helm the pilot, currently being written by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus).

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Per THR:

Herbert’s Dune novel examines a future in which humanity has spread across the galaxy to thousands of worlds, all ruled by the Padishah Emperor, The Imperium. Dune: The Sisterhood takes place in the same universe and explores the future through the eyes of a mysterious order of women: the Bene Gesserit. Given 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.

“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 in a statement.

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There have been a couple of Dune TV adaptations in the past – one in 2000 starring William Hurt, and a sequel series of sorts starring James McAvoy in 2003.

Villeneuve started production on his first Dune film back in March with an all-star cast that includes Timothee Chalamet, Dave Bautista, Charlotte Rampling, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, Zendaya and Oscar Isaac. It’s set for release next November.

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More on this new series as it arrives. We have details on the upcoming WarnerMedia streaming service here.