Dune: The Sisterhood Series Coming To HBO With Focus On The Bene Gesserit
We know that the upcoming Dune movie from Denis Villeneuve is only the first of a potential trilogy. Those movies are set to cover the first two books of the larger Dune series including Dune and Dune Messiah. However, these aren’t the only Dune books that are potentially up for adaptation. HBO Max is hard at work on a spin-off series that will draw from other books in the series, namely Dune: The Sisterhood. This series will focus on the mysterious Bene Gesserit, the secretive order of space witches that work to control the universe.
A New Showrunner For Dune: The Sisterhood on HBO Max
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Recently Dune: The Sisterhood had a change in showrunners. Diane Ademu-John (The Haunting of Bly Manor, Empire, The Originals) is now onboard as showrunner for the series. She replaces Jon Spaihts who left the project to focus on Villenueve’s Dune movies. It certainly looks like this HBO adaptation will be tied into the new Dune movies. Soon we’ll have a whole Dune cinematic universe, and it makes sense considering how many books are in the series.
A synopsis for Dune: The Sisterhood tells us the following.
“Dune: The Sisterhood explores the world of the book through the eyes of a mysterious order of women known as the Bene Gesserit. Given extraordinary abilities by their mastery of the body and the mind, the Bene Gesserit expertly weaves 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 Sisterhood of Dune Gets The Spotlight
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Dune: The Sisterhood will most likely draw from the novel by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson called Sisterhood of Dune. This is one of the many prequel books in the Dune universe. It was written years after the death of the original Dune author Frank Herbert. His son Brian is the one who has kept the series going, with the help of several well-known genre authors. The book tells the origins of the Bene Gesserit, many years before the events of Dune. It is unclear how closely this upcoming series will tie into the new Dune movies. But we are certainly eager to see more of the Dune books come to life on-screen.
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