HBO Max’s upcoming series Dune: The Sisterhood has landed itself a showrunner! Variety reported on Thursday that Diane Ademu-Jones will take on the roles of showrunner, writer, executive producer for the series. Originally, Jon Spaihts was meant to be the showrunner, but he left the project in November in 2019 to write the script for the second Dune reboot film. The show was greenlit in June 2019 for HBO Max.
According to Variety, the series takes place in the same world as Frank Herbet’s Dune novels. Dune: The Sisterhood will be told through the perspective of the Bene Gesserit, a “mysterious order of women,” who have remarkable powers due to their mastery of both the body and mind. These women navigate through the politics and dealings of The Imperium. Their pursuit of their own agendas eventually leads them to the planet Arrakis, which is referred to as “Dune” by the plant’s inhabitants. Dune: The Sisterhood is a prequel to the Dune movies.
Ademu-Jones’ other credits include Empire, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, and, most recently, The Haunting of Bly Manor for Netflix.
Denis Villeneuve is tapped to direct the series’ pilot. In addition to Spaihts, Villeneuve, Byron Merritt, Brian Herbert, Kim Herbert, and Scott Z. Burns will executive produce. Kevin J. Anderson is a co-producer.
The first Dune reboot film with Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Stellan Skarsgård, and Jason Momoa is set to hit theaters and come to HBO Max on October 22, 2021 after being delayed a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.