Looks like that planned HBO Max Dune TV series Dune: The Sisterhood has it a snag as today we’ve learned via THR that showrunner Jon Spaihts will step down. Evidently, Spaihts turned in one draft of a script and a revised outline to the powers that be behind the scenes and they were unimpressed.
A search is underway for a new showrunner.
Spaihts will remain on the show as an executive producer alongside Blade Runner 2049 and Arrival director Denis Villeneuve (and Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert for the Frank Herbert estate). Kevin J. Anderson co-produces. Villeneuve is set to direct the pilot for Dune: The Sisterhood.
The straight-to-series is planned as a TV offshoot of the upcoming film directed by Villeneuve from a screenplay he co-wrote along with Spaihts.
Villeneuve also produces and directs the mega-budget adaptation which stars Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Dave Bautista, Stellan Skarsgard, Charlotte Rampling, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, Zendaya and Oscar Isaac.
Spaihts will move his attention to penning Dune II.
Based on Frank Herbert’s epic novel, Dune takes place in the year 10191 where a spice called melange is the most valuable substance known in the universe. And its only source is the desert planet Arrakis. A royal decree awards Arrakis to Duke Leto Atreides and ousts his bitter enemies, the Harkonnens. However, when the Harkonnens violently seize back their fiefdom, it is up to Paul, Leto’s son, to lead the Fremen, the natives of Arrakis, in a battle for control of the planet and its spice.
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