After the huge success of the first film, the Dune franchise is officially set in motion with a sequel that is set to begin production later this year and a prequel series that will air on HBO Max. We haven't heard a lot of updates regarding the latter if it is still going to move forward. However, it looks like the project is still steaming ahead as they have finally found its director.
According to Variety, Chernobyl director Johan Renck has been tapped to helm the first two episodes of Dune: The Sisterhood as well as serving as an executive producer. Denis Villeneuve was originally attached to direct the pilot episode, but his work on the sequel prevented him from the commitment.
The series is going to be "set 10,000 years prior to the events of Dune and follows the Harkonnen Sisters as they combat forces that threaten the future of humankind, and establish the fabled sect known as the Bene Gesserit." Diane Ademu-John will serve as the showrunner and executive producer alongside Villeneuve, Renck, Jon Spaihts, Scott Z. Burns, Mark Friedman, Matthew King, Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt, and Kim Herbert.
Renck won an Emmy Award for directing the HBO limited series Chernobyl. He has also helmed episodes of TV shows such as The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, Vikings, Bates Motel, Halt and Catch Fire, and Bloodline. He also directed the upcoming Netflix science-fiction drama film Spaceman starring Adam Sandler.
It is great to hear that there is an update now on the series since it's been a while since we last heard any news regarding it. Renck is certainly a wonderful choice given his previous credits and he could bring a unique vision to the world that was first established by Villeneuve in the first film. We should be hearing more details regarding the project soon, particularly on the casting as they are moving forward in its development.
There is no release window set yet for Dune: The Sisterhood. You can also check where to watch the first film here.