news culture Dune: The Sisterhood series on track, a milestone about to kick off!
Announced in 2019 in the wake of the making of Denis Villeneuve’s film Dune, the spin-off series centered on the sisters of the Bene Gesserit is not much talked about. Let fans of Frank Herbert’s work rest assured, Dune: The Sisterhood is on the right track!
Dune, the origins
Released in 2021, adaptation of Frank Herbert’s literary saga by Denis Villeneuve was successful enough for Legendary studios and Warner Bros to validate the start of a second film which should conclude the most famous part of Dune’s history. But the work of Frank Herbert actually expands on many books spanning multiple cycles of Dune history, not to mention books by his son, Brian Herbert, and Kevin J. Anderson. The two authors have thus continued to expand the universe of the saga through several spin-offs, including the series of “Origins” which begins with the novel The Community of Sisters (Sisterhood of Dune). Written in 2012, it is this work which must be adapted into a TV series, as announced by the WarnerMedia streaming platform in June 2019.
The community of sisters
with the novel The Community of Sisters, authors Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson return to the origins of Dune, ten thousand years before the arrival of Paul Atreides on the planet Arrakis. The cycle of Origins takes place in three stages, on three successive works: The Community of Sisters, The Mentats of Dune and Dune Navigators. In other words, he is interested not only in the sisters of the Bene Gesserit order, but also in the famous Mentats from which the character of Thufir Hawat will descend, without forgetting the navigators of the space guild. So many characters with astonishing psychic abilities, starting with the “Voice” of the Bene Gesserit sisters, which allows people’s minds to be controlled. Series Dune: The Sisterhood should return to the creation of the Bene Gesserit sorority which, by manipulating bloodlines, tries to create the Kwisatz Haderachan absolute and overpowering being.
Dune: The Sisterhood series on track
Announced since June 2019, the series Dune: The Sisterhood hasn’t made a big splash since fans learned of its existence. Last year, we learned that this prequel series would ultimately be directed by Diane Ademu-John (screenwriter of The Haunting of Bly Manor). We also know since April 2022 that the production of the first two episodes was entrusted to Johan Renckknowing that the following episodes will be entrusted to different directors.
But since then, the discretion around the series raised fears that the project would not progress as much as we would have liked. Especially in view of the Warner Bros. merger. Discovery which led to radical strategy changes with the cancellation of several major projects, including the film Batgirl which was almost finished, not to mention the layoff of more than 70 employees at HBO Max. In reality, series Dune: The Sisterhood still seems to be on the right track since we learn that the casting process has already begun ! Hopefully this new step will further activate communication around the series.