HBO Max Dune Prequel Gets Big Shake As Filming Begins

Earlier this week, news broke that HBO Max’s new prequel series Dune: the sisterhood has begun filming, with the show’s production overlapping with the much-anticipated one Dune: part two. deadline now announces a massive behind-the-scenes change to the series with the reveal that series creator Diane Ademu-John has stepped down as co-showrunner on the series. According to the trade, the writer/producer will “remain creatively engaged” but shift her focus to other commitments. Alison Schapker van Lost and Alias was previously tasked with co-showrunning the series with Ademu-John and will now serve as sole showrunner.

While “The Sisterhood” is still just a working title for the show, fans of Dune will know the story being told as it deals with the early days of the mysterious order of women known as the Bene Gesserit. Their mastery of mind and body gives the Bene Gesserit extraordinary abilities. Skillfully weaving their way through the feudal politics and intrigue of The Imperium, they pursue their own plans that will eventually lead them to the enigmatic planet of Arrakis, known to the inhabitants as Dune. . The series stars Emily Watson, Shirley Henderson, Indira Varma, Travis Fimmel, Sarah-Sofie Boussnina, Shalom Brune-Franklin, Faoileann Cunningham, Aoife Hinds and Chloe Lea.

Do you have to see Dune to see the prequel show?

The barrier to entry into Dune can seem very intimidating to some newcomers, especially with a ton of books published throughout the franchise and even multiple adaptations of the Frank Herbert series. While Denis Villeneuve’s most recent Academy Award-nominated film marked a brand new entry point into the world, the upcoming TV series doesn’t technically require you to have seen the previous two films, as it’s set thousands of years earlier.

“Well, I think you should, because they’re amazing,” revealed head of the originals, Sarah Aubrey in a recent interview with Variety. “But Dune: the sisterhood is a prequel set thousands of years before Denis Villeneuve’s Dune movies.”

“That effort is alive and well,” screenwriter John Spaihts previously said during an interview with The playlist about expanding Dune outside the movies. “Eventually I was taken off to work, not just further Dune: part twobut to explore other cinematic prospects in the Dune universe, which we’re still talking about and which, again, I’m not allowed to say much about. But it’s a very rich world to play in, and I think it’s ripe with storytelling opportunities in all directions. They are well on their way, but to be honest I don’t know the details of the timing.”

Dune: the sisterhood doesn’t technically have a release date since filming just started, but Dune: part two will be in theaters from November 3, 2023.

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