To date there have been few and rare updates on Dunes: The Sisterhood of HBO Max, announced some time ago. News, however, arrive today from Denis Villeneuve. The director ensures that the spin-off series is “going forward” and, therefore, that work continues. Villeneuve directed the 2021 film Dune, also known as Dune: Part One, which adapts the first half of author Frank Herbert’s science fiction novel. Villeneuve returns to the director’s chair for Dune: Part Two currently scheduled to hit theaters on October 20, 2023.
Regard The SisterhoodVilleneuve told Deadline that he’s not overseeing the HBO Max series, as his focus is currently on the second part and potential future of the Dune franchise. “We’ll see what happens”, he has declared. In that regard, Villeneuve recently discussed the possibility of a third Dune film, which would be based on Dune Messiah, the second novel in Herbert’s original saga. “If I survive Dune: Part Two, then I could be the Messiah“, he told the Collider portal. However, Villeneuve concluded his thoughts with an upbeat message regarding The Sisterhood. “The TV series is a work in progress, it is moving forward ”.
The Sisterhood is first announced for WarnerMedia’s then-unnamed streaming service in mid-2019 as a Bene Gesserit-focused Dune prequel series. However, Jon Spaihts left the series as showrunner at the end of the year. In mid-2021, Diane Ademu-John (The Haunting of Bly Manor) was cast as Spaihts’ replacement.
The Bene Gesserit in Frank Herbert’s novel
In Frank Herbert’s Dune universe, the Well Gesserit is a pseudo-religious, all-female organization with superhuman abilities and great influence. For countless generations, the Bene Gesserit have employed selective breeding techniques, with the ultimate goal of producing a Bene Gesserit male known as the Kwisatz Haderach.
The original plan was that the Kwisatz Haderach was the nephew of Lady Jessica of the Atreides (played in Dune by Rebecca Ferguson). Jessica was to bear Duke Leto Atreides (Oscar Isaac) a daughter, who was to marry a Harkonnen heir. Their son would be the Kwisatz Haderach, meaning that a Bene Gesserit controlled male would be entitled to the Golden Lion Throne.
However, Jessica defies the Well Gesserit and instead bears Leto a son, Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet). Paul is eventually revealed to be the Kwisatz Haderach. Being born in another generation, Paul effectively overshadowed the Bene Gesserit and turned the whole plan upside down, as he was free from their influence.
Dunes (DVD) (DVD)
- an epic adventure full of emotions, tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and talented young man, born with a great destiny that is far beyond his understanding
- that he will have to travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure a future for his family and his people.
- As evil forces vie for sole control of the planet’s most precious resource – a raw material capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential – only those who conquer their fears will survive.
- Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Dave Bautista (Actors)