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WarnerMedia digs into Legendary’s Dune

David Lynch’s 1984 movie of Dune was a cinematic flop but drew a cult audience

WarnerMedia has picked up Legendary Entertainment’s TV adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic novel series Dune for its forthcoming streaming service.

Dune: The Sisterhood will be available alongside a movie version being produced with WarnerMedia sibling studio Warner Bros. The news comes after Legendary picked up remake rights to the Dune property in 2016.

The story, which follows the patriarch of a family who fights back after losing control of a planet that holds valuable natural resources, was previously adapted in David Lynch’s 1984 movie starring Kyle MacLachlan, which became a cult hit despite failing in cinemas.

Herbert wrote 20 books that make up the Dune series, with Dune: The Sisterhood exploring the story’s universe through an order of women known as the Bene Gesserit, who have extraordinary powers.

Denis Villeneuve, who is directing the movie, is also exec producing the TV show and its pilot, while Jon Spaihts is attached to write, having also worked on the movie.

Villeneuve and Spaihts are also attached to exec produce, with Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert.

Villeneuve said: “The Bene Gesserit have always been fascinating to me. Focusing a series around that powerful order of women seemed not only relevant and inspiring but a dynamic setting for the television series.”

Legendary is also planning to launch a comic book series and video games as part of the relaunch of the IP.

WarnerMedia is preparing to launch its streaming service later this year, for which it has already ordered romcom Love Life from Lionsgate TV and Paul Feig’s Feigco Entertainment, and 10-part drama Tokyo Vice.

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