We are already aware of the new film version of Dune being created by Denis Villeneuve in the bustling city of Budapest (As Arrakeen) and in the sands of Jordan. (As everywhere else on Arrakis!)
Villeneuve has not only recently announced that the film will be split into at least two different releases so that the original sprawling story of DUNE can be “preserved and not cut into a million pieces” (Watch out for a highly likely triple-header (A la Peter Jackson) with a first release in late 2020.) but also, that he will direct a new series called “Dune: The Sisterhood” for the up-and-coming new streaming service from WarnerMedia.
This series, loosely based on the 2012 Dune-series saga, Sisterhood of Dune by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, will focus on the formation and rise of the Bene Gesserit, and is likely to use material from all of the books in the series rather than follow the plot line of Sisterhood of Dune directly.
No release date has yet been announced for Dune: The Sisterhood, but AT&T’s WarnerMedia are said to be planning to launch a beta version of its new streaming service in late 2019, with a service offering which includes HBO, Cinemax, and a library of Warner Brothers’ movies and TV programs, including such classics as 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Matrix and the original BladeRunner.
The new Dune series commission is only the third to be announced for the new WarnerMedia service but, although full programming on the service will probably begin in early 2020, given Villeneuve’s busy schedule, we are unlikely to see the pilot for Dune: The Sisterhood before 2021.
Charlotte Rampling is already confirmed in the role of The Reverend Mother Mohiam in the new series which will feature Villeneuve and scriptwriter Jon Spaihts as Executive Producers alongside Brian and Kim Herbert for the Frank Herbert estate, and Kevin J. Anderson, who has co-authored many of the ‘Dune’ novels with Brian Herbert since Frank Herbert’s passing.