WarnerMedia is expanding the Dune universe with Dune: The Sisterhood television series for the yet-unnamed streaming service. According to The Hollywood Reporter Denis Villeneuve is set to direct the pilot, with Jon Spaihts scripting the series. 

The Bene Gesserit is a religious group of women who participate in the political games of the great Houses of the Landsraad. They use the Spice to develop superhuman powers and see beyond reality. They are also trying to create the Kwisatz Haderach, a sort of male Bene Gesserit. Their ultimate goal is to use the Kwisatz Haderach to gain power and control humanity. 

“The Bene Gesserit have always been fascinating to me. Focusing a series around that powerful order of women seemed not only relevant and inspiring but a dynamic setting for the television series,” Villeneuve said. 

Based on the Dune saga written by Frank Herbert, the fantasy/sci-fi series will focus on the female perspective of the Bene Gesserit sisters.  There are 20 books in the Dune saga, written by Herbert and his son Brian Herbert, in collaboration with Kevin J. Anderson. So there is plenty of content to use for a long series. 

Villeneuve and Spaihts will executive produce alongside Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert for the Frank Herbert estate. Anderson will co-produce. WarnerMedia’s streaming service is due to launch in late 2019.  Villeneuve is currently working on the Dune reboot, set for release in November 2020.

Dune: The Sisterhood does not have a release date. Stick with Geek Girl Authority for the latest on this project. 

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