TheHollywoodReporter has revealed that Jon Spaihts has been removed as showrunner at Legendary Television’s HBO Max series Dune: The Sisterhood, the screenwriter will now instead begin work on a sequel to Denis Villeneuve’s Dune.
Jon Spaihts will step down as the showrunner on Dune: The Sisterhood, the straight-to-series TV offshoot of the forthcoming feature film for the WarnerMedia-backed streaming service. A search is underway for a new showrunner to replace Spaihts
Sources say Legendary TV was not happy with the early work Spaihts turned in and opted to remove him as showrunner on the production so he can instead focus on the yet-to-be formally announced film sequel to the forthcoming Dune feature.
This might be a loss for the series, but good news for fans expecting to see multiple Dune sequels as there are plenty of novels to adapt.
Legendary has been vocal about wanting to make sequels and we’ll have to wait to see if Denis will commit to direct this second film, which is currently unofficial.
It’ll be interesting if they end up splitting the first novel into two movies as it has been suggested before and there is a bit of time jump which would give them the perfect excuse to pause at a certain point.
A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, “Dune” tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence—a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential—only those who can conquer their fear will survive.
The impressive cast of Dune includes Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Dave Bautista, Stellan Skarsgard, Charlotte Rampling, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, Zendaya, and David Dastmalchian.
Timothee Chalamet would be the face of the franchise and would be the lead of future films as Paul Atreides.
Dune is set for the prime release date of December 18th, 2020.
SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER