It seems that Warner Bros. has a lot of faith in its upcoming Dune movie. Enough so that it has pulled the showrunnr from Dune: The Sisterhood to go and begin work on a sequel.
The Hollywood Reporter says that Jon Spaihts has departed HBO Max’s Dune: The Sisterhood as showrunner. The straight-to-series project will deal with the Bene Gesserit sisterhood. This group of women has spent generations manipulating The Imperium with a sophisticated breeding program, not knowing they were breeding their own doom. The project is viewed as turning Dune into a full franchise hitting both film and television.
The situation surrounding Spaihts is a bit odd as the report states he was pulled from the series due to Legendary TV not being happy with the work that had been done so far. In turn, they decided to put him on the yet-to-be-announced sequel to the film. He did co-write the first film with Denis Villeneuve, so perhaps they just feel he is better suited to film. It just seems like an odd turn of events.
Dune has been a tricky series to adapt as after the first book in the series it goes to some very odd places storywise. As a teenager, I made it halfway through the third book, Children of Dune, before I walked away. I had not finished a book before, but that one just didn’t work for me.
A search is now on for a new showrunner for Sisterhood. With the politics of Dune production becoming as intricate as the books themselves, we may soon need a flowchart.
Dune will hit theaters Dec. 18, 2020.
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