The topic “HBO’s DUNE: THE SISTERHOOD Has Been Retitled DUNE: PROPHECY” has two versions, a written version, and a video version below the written version.
Denis Villeneuve and HBO are working on a Dune TV series that will serve as a prequel to the 2021 Dune movie. The prequel will focus on the Bene Gesserit, an exclusive political and spiritual organization in the Dune universe. Members of the Bene Gesserit undergo rigorous training to develop superhuman strength and mental abilities. The series is set 10000 years before Frank Herbert’s novel and follows sisters Valya and Tula Harkonnen as they lead a movement to oppose the overwhelming forces that threaten humankind’s future. This ultimately leads to the formation of the renowned Bene Gesserit sect. The show was initially announced in 2019 as Dune: The Sisterhood, but it has been renamed Dune: Prophecy according to IGN reports.
Initially, Villeneuve and Jon Spaihts were supposed to direct and write the first two episodes of the show. However, they had to leave the project to work on the sequel of the movie.
After some creative changes, Alison Schapker, known for her work in Fringe and Altered Carbon, was appointed as the sole showrunner for the series.
The changes in the casting and creative team were reportedly a significant concern for Warner Bros., HBO, and Max.
Following WB’s merger with Discovery, CEO David Zaslav of Discovery notably made a number of contentious cost-cutting decisions.
The production’s budget has probably increased significantly beyond earlier estimates due to the delays in production caused by creative and casting adjustments.
The show’s cast members are: Olivia Williams (The Crown, Counterpart) as Tula Harkonnen, Emily Watson (Chernobyl, Equilibrium) as Valya Harkonnen, Jodhi May (The Witcher) as Empress Natalya, Aoife Hinds (Nightflyers, Normal People) as Sister Emeline, and Shalom Brune-Franklin (Great Expectations) as Mikaela.
Additionally starring in the program are Travis Fimmel (Vikings, Raised by Wolves), Jade Anouka (His Dark Materials), Chris Mason, and Mark Strong (Shazam!, Kingsman: The Golden Circle).