Jon Spaihts has stepped down as showrunner on HBO Max’s Dune: The Sisterhood series in order to focus on writing the sequel to Denis Villeneuve’s Dune movie, instead.
THR is now reporting that Spaihts has left Dune: The Sisterhood in order to focus his efforts on writing the Dune sequel instead. The second Dune movie hasn’t been officially green-lit yet, but producer Brian Herbert (Frank Herbert’s son and writer of several Dune books and short stories) previously confirmed the first film will only cover half of the original Dune novel. As such, Spaihts will be adapting the latter half for the next film.
Dune: The Sisterhood will exist alongside the upcoming film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s legendary sci-fi novel from director Denis Villeneuve and will examine the Bene Gesserit sisterhood, a secretive order of women who have obtained superhuman abilities through mental and physical conditioning, along with the use of a drug called melange. The Bene Gesserit are loyal only to themselves, merely feigning loyalty to others, and are manipulating the course of humanity to a more enlightened path through selective breeding, while also attempting to produce the Kwisatz Haderach, a male Bene Gesserit.
Villeneuve is set to direct The Sisterhood‘s pilot episode, while Spaihts co-wrote the screenplay for the film alongside Villeneuve. WarnerMedia gave the show a straight-to-series order.
Dune: The Sisterhood is still expected to air on HBO Max. Directed by Denis Villeneuve from a script he co-wrote with Jon Spaihts, Legendary Pictures’ Dune stars Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Stellan Skarsgård, Javier Bardem, Charlotte Rampling, Dave Bautista, David Dastmalchian, Zendaya, Jason Momoa, Stephen Henderson and Josh Brolin. The first film has a scheduled release date of Nov. 20, 2020.