Warner already has one of the directors for Dune: The Sisterhood, the HBO Max series about the Bene Gesserit, set thousands of years before the movies
Last September 2021, Denis Villeneuve finally released his adaptation of Dune. The epic film adapted the first half of Frank Herbert‘s sci-fi masterpiece.
With the sequel confirmed by Warner, Dune: Part 2 will begin filming this summer, as confirmed by Denis Villeneuve himself. This meant that the filmmaker will not be able to take on another ambitious project related to the Dune universe.
We are talking, of course, about the Dune: The Sisterhood series, the prequel set 10 millennia before the events of the films. The story will focus on the Bene Gesserit sisterhood, the sect composed entirely of women with superhuman abilities.
The Bene Gesserit have been a fundamental part of Dune’s imaginary since the beginning. They have played a key role in galactic events, as well as in the politics of the different houses.
Their machinations seem to know no bounds, as we can see in the conversations between Gaius Helen Mohiam (Charlotte Rampling) Reverend Mother Bene Gesserit and Emperor’s Decider of Truth, and Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson), mother of Paul Atreides and member of the sisterhood.
Filming on Dune: The Sisterhood appears to be approaching full steam ahead. Johan Renck, Emmy winner for his direction on Chernobyl, will take the helm for the first two episodes.
Renck began his career as a music video director, but jumped into the world of series and film with work on episodes of The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad or Vikings.
Diane Ademu-John is in charge of writing the series’ scripts and acting as showrunner. Ademu-John’s previous work includes, among others, The Curse of Bly Manor.
The pieces seem to be falling into place. There shouldn’t be too long before filming begins on Dune: The Sisterhood. The series will be destined for HBO Max. If it maintains the production level of Villeneuve’s first part of Dune, we are in for a real gem.