HBO Max is moving forward with Dune prequel spin-off show

Dune Director Denis Villeneuve just confirmed that The Sisterhood spinoff series for HBO Max is ready to go.


WarnerMedia first announced The Sisterhood back in mid-2019 as a spin-off to Dune. The show would act as a prequel and put the spotlight on the all-female organization, Bene Gesserit. Unfortunately, updates on the show have been far and few in between to the point that most probably has forgotten about it by now. But, with Denis Villeneuve's Dune pulling in historic numbers for Warner Bros., it appears that the spin-off is finally moving forward.

Switching showrunners mid-development is never a good sign for any TV show.

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Don't just take our word for it though.

Villeneuve recently confirmed the status of The Sisterhood with Deadline, explaining that he's not overseeing the HBO Max series. Denis currently has his hands full working on the future of the Dune cinematic universe, specifically, Part Two. Warner Bros. confirmed the second half of the 2021 live-action adaptation of the Frank Herbert novel of the same name just days after the premiere of the first film. With the script for Dune: Part Two already finished, it appears that Denis is on track to start production in July and release the sequel by October 20, 2023.

If we're lucky, we could get the next The Sisterhood update by 2023.

Villeneuve's confirmation is good news on top of Jon Spaiths' recent comments that the project is still alive and well. Most fans doubted Spaihts' words since he'd already left The Sisterhood as its showrunner halfway through 2021, with The Haunting of Bly Manor's Diane Ademu-John taking his place.

What's perhaps more interesting here is Denis' involvement with The Sisterhood, or the lack thereof. For a while, most were under the impression that Denis would direct the pilot, possibly to make the spin-off easier to tie into the events of the films. However, his positive endorsement suggests that all is going well, and fans will only have to wait for more news, perhaps later this year.

Unfortunately, there's still no information about what the plot for The Sisterhood is going to be now that Dune is effectively a movie franchise. More importantly, we remain in the dark about a potential release date for The Sisterhood.

Even if The Sisterhood remains in development for HBO Max, we wouldn't be surprised if Warner Bros. cans the project.

If The Sisterhood is still in development after Villeneuve is finished working on Dune: Part Two, the director might help further things along. The prequel could then help tide audiences over before he comes back to do another Dune sequel that could be based on Herbert's next novel in the series, Dune Messiah. All of this is to say that Dune: The Sisterhood will not be here for a long time.

Ray Ampoloquio
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