One of 2020's most anticipated movies is Dune, the new adaptation of the classic sci-fi novel, which will be directed by Blade Runner 2049's Denis Villeneuve. It has now been reported that there is also a Dune TV show on the way, with Villeneuve set to direct the first episode.
According to Variety, the show will be titled Dune: The Sisterhood, and it is being developed for Warner's upcoming streaming platform. The site states that the new show will focus on the Bene Gesserit, a mysterious order of women with incredible powers. The group have featured across Herbert's Dune book series.
Villeneuve will direct the opening episode and executive produce the entire run. In a statement he said: "The Bene Gesserit have always been fascinating to me. Focusing a series around that powerful order of women seemed not only relevant and inspiring but a dynamic setting for the television series."
Warner's streaming platform does not yet have a confirmed launch date, but it is expected to appear later in 2019. According to a recent report in the Wall Street Journal, the service will bundle HBO, Cinemax, and a library of Warner movies and TV shows. Pricing is expected to be in the $16-to $17-a-month range.
Villeneuve's Dune movie releases in November 2020. The film has assembled an impressive cast over the past few months, including Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Dave Bautista, Oscar Isaac, and Stellan Skarsgård.
Dune was previously adapted for the big screen in 1984. The lavish movie was directed by David Lynch and starred Kyle McLachlan, Patrick Stewart, and Sting. While it was a commercial failure, it has since gained a cult reputation. The Sci-fi Channel (since re-branded Syfy) also produced a Dune mini-series in the early 2000s.
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