Denis Villeneuve’s Dune already has a breathtaking cast — including Stellan Skarsgård, Zendaya, Jason Momoa, Josh Brolin, Dave Bautista, Timothée Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Javier Bardem, Rebecca Ferguson, and Charlotte Rampling. And now it has a streaming TV series spinoff.
WarnerMedia picked up Legendary Television’s Dune: The Sisterhood in a straight-to-series order, reports Variety. The show will air on Warner Bros.’ as-yet-unnamed streaming service.
Among the many factions in Frank Herbert’s influential sci-fi saga, the Bene Gesserit are an all-female society dedicated to bringing about the birth of their messiah figure — the Kwisatz Haderach — through careful breeding and eugenics. To that end, they have sought and gained control of essentially all the familial ties and marriages of all the noble houses in the galaxy. They are not well liked and are often referred to as witches, but they have ensured that their power cannot be denied.
“The Bene Gesserit have always been fascinating to me,” Villeneuve said. “Focusing a series around that powerful order of women seemed not only relevant and inspiring but a dynamic setting for the television series.”
Villeneuve will direct the pilot of Dune: The Sisterhood, with Jon Spaihts (Dune, Prometheus, Doctor Strange) set to write. Dune, their feature film, will hit theaters on Nov. 20, 2020.