Dune Prequel TV Show Gets Updated Name and Expected Release Timeframe

Dune: Prophecy is now coming out in the fall of 2024.

Dune: Prophecy

Next year, fans of the Dune movies have something exciting to look forward to: Dune: Part Two. But that's not all! The Dune universe is expanding to TV too. A new TV show is in the works for Warner Bros and Discovery's Max streaming service. There's a big update on this: The TV series, originally called Dune: The Sisterhood, is now called Dune: Prophecy. This name change has been officially confirmed by IGN. And you can expect to see Dune: Prophecy on Max in the fall of 2024.

While this might not be the official release date for Dune: Prophecy, it seems like a good estimate. This is especially true because the series has managed to restart filming in Budapest during the current strike by SAG-AFTRA actors. Other HBO shows like the Game of Thrones spinoff House of the Dragon and Industry were also able to keep shooting because they mainly use actors under Equity contracts, with a few SAG-AFTRA members involved. According to the rules from SAG-AFTRA, union members under Equity contracts can continue working without any issues right now.

What Is Dune: Prophecy About?

Dune: Prophecy tells its story from the perspective of a special group of women called the Bene Gesserit. They have unique abilities because they have mastered both their bodies and minds. These women navigate the complex politics and drama in a feudal society known as The Imperium. They have their own secret plans that will eventually lead them to the mysterious planet Arrakis, also known as Dune by the locals.

The cast includes actors like Emily Watson as Valya Harkonnen, Sarah-Sofie Boussnina as Princess Ynez, Shalom Brune Franklin as Mikaela, Faoileann Cunningham as Sister Jen, Aoife Hinds as Sister Emeline, Chloe Lea as Lila, Travis Fimmel as Desmond Hart, Mark Strong as Emperor Javicco Corrino, Jade Anouka as Sister Theodosia, and Chris Mason as Keiran Atreides.

"Oh, that is carrying on and I'm not allowed to talk about it very much. But that effort is alive and well. I ended up getting moved off of it to work, not just on Dune: Part Two, but to investigate other cinematic prospects in the Dune universe, which we are still talking about and which, again, I'm not allowed to say very much about. But it is a very rich world in which to play, and I think it is ripe with opportunities for storytelling in every direction. They're well down the road, but I honestly don't know the details of the timing," Spaihts previously said during an interview with The Playlist.

"What's the Latest News About Dune: Prophecy?"

In February, there were reports that the TV series faced some changes. Shirley Henderson, who was a star in the show, decided to leave. The director of the first two episodes, Johan Renck, also left. This happened after the showrunner, Diane Ademu-John, left just before production started in November. This caused significant changes to the story.

It seems that the director, Johan Renck, had a different style from what the person in charge, Max, wanted for the show. Max had a vision that was not in line with Renck's way of directing. It was seen as quite different from the style of Denis Villeneuve's movies.

As a result, Olivia Williams, known for her role in "The Crown," took over the role previously played by Shirley Henderson. Jodhi May from "The Witcher" replaced Indira Varma from "Creature Commandos" as Empress Natalya. Indira Varma had to step away from the role due to a scheduling conflict.

"As Dune: The Sisterhood (wt) has entered a pre-scheduled hiatus, there are some creative changes being made to the production in an effort to create the best series possible and stay true to the source material. Johan Renck has completed his work on the series and a new director will be brought on; through mutual agreement, Johan is moving on to pursue other projects. Additionally, Shirley Henderson will be exiting the series and will no longer be playing Tula Harkonnen," an HBO Max spokesperson said in a statement.

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