Dune prequel show The Sisterhood faces big changes

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Dune: The Sisterhood, the HBO Max prequel series for science-fiction classic Dune, has undergone quite a few changes in its journey to the small screen.

As reported by Deadline, the show has already lost an actor, a director and its creator.

Diane Ademu-John, who created the show and had written the pilot script, has departed the project, with Alison Schapker carrying on as the sole showrunner. Johan Renck, who was executive producer of Chernobyl, was set to direct the first two episodes but has also stepped down, according to the new report. TV bosses are now reportedly looking for a replacement at the time of writing.

Shirley Henderson, who was due to play Tula Harkonnen, one of the leading roles has also left. It's thought that role will be recast.

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A HBO Max spokesperson told the publication: "As Dune: The Sisterhood (working title) 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."

Deadline stated that the break in filming may have always been planned, but creative differences may have exacerbated the situation to the tune of a potentially seven-month pushback.

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It is important to note there's no official word just yet on what's going on behind the scenes, but Renck has notably wiped posts mentioning Dune from his Instagram.

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