The “Dune” TV series prequel at HBO Max has tracked down its new showrunner.
Variety has realized only that Diane Ademu-John has boarded “Dune: The Sisterhood” in the role of writer, showrunner, and executive producer. Jon Spaihts had recently been connected to run the series, yet he stepped down in November 2019 to focus on composing the script for the second of the “Dune” reboot films.
The show was ordered straight-to-series at HBO Max in June 2019. Set in the universe of Frank Herbert’s epic “Dune” novel series, “Dune: The Sisterhood” is told through the eyes of a mysterious order of women known as the Bene Gesserit. Given remarkable capacities by their mastery of the body and the mind, the Bene Gesserit expertly weave through the feudal politics and intrigue of The Imperium, seeking after plans of their own that will ultimately lead them to the perplexing planet Arrakis, referred to its occupants as Dune. It will serve as a prequel to the movies.
Ademu-John most recently worked as an executive producer and author on the Netflix horror series “The Haunting of Bly Manor.” Prior to that, she worked on shows, for example, “Empire” at Fox, “The Originals” and “The Vampire Diaries” at The CW, and “Medium” and “Crossing Jordan” at NBC.
She is repped by Paradigm, Atlas Literary, and Jackoway Austen Tyerman.
Denis Villeneuve is as yet connected to direct the pilot for the series. Alongside Spaihts, Villeneuve, Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert for the Frank Herbert home will executive produce alongside Scott Z. Burns. Kevin J. Anderson will co-produce. The series hails from Legendary Television, with Legendary likewise producing the forthcoming film reboot.
The “Dune” series is one of a few forthcoming shows at HBO Max that are integrated with new movies. The streamer is additionally right now working on the “Peacemaker” series featuring John Cena, repeating his role from the new “Suicide Squad” film, as well as a Gotham PD series that is integrated with the events of “The Batman” featuring Robert Pattinson.
The first new “Dune” film should hit theaters last year before its release was postponed because of the pandemic. It will currently show up in theaters on Oct. 22 as well as being accessible on HBO Max. A full-length trailer dropped on Thursday.
Spaihts and Villeneuve additionally co-wrote the screenplay for the film alongside Eric Roth. Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, and Dave Bautista are among those joined to star. The book had recently been adjusted into a 1984 movie written and directed by David Lynch.