Dune Writer Moves From TV Series to Sequel

The showrunner on HBO Max’s planned Dune: The Sisterhood series has left the project to help pen the script for the potential sequel to the forthcoming film. 

Legendary has big plans for the Dune franchise, with Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming film just the start. On top of next year’s movie, we’re getting new video games, and even a TV series centered on the Bene Gesserit sisterhood. While it’s still very much in the works, Dune: The Sisterhood is now in need of a new showrunner.

According to a report from THR, Jon Spaihts, who co-wrote the film with Villeneuve, has been pulled from the project in order to focus more firmly on the film’s sequel. If you remember, the plan of the Dune adaptation was to do it as a two-part film, but for now the sequel hasn’t been formally announced.

Spaihts will stay on as the show’s producer, but it looks like WarnerMedia is already hard at work on finding someone new to take over showrunning duties for the HBO Max series. Villeneuve is still set to direct the show’s pilot episode, so I’m sure they’ll find a way to get the ball rolling soon.

All I know, as a diehard Dune fan, is that I’m more than ready to see this book series take off in all sorts of new media. I’m more than ready to drown in new Dune content.

Dune is set to hit theaters on December 18, 2020.