Director Johan Renck and actress Shirley Henderson have abandoned work on the prequel series Dune: The Sisterhood due to production shutdowns and project revisions.
The long haul from the HBO Max prequel series Dune: The Sisterhood took another blow. After the start of production last November, the many tops and ventilation changes made to the project caused thedeparture of director Johan Renck and actress Shirley Henderson.
Renck, executive producer of Chernobyl, was signed on to direct the first two episodes of Dune: The Sisterhood, but has now left the project forcing the producers to look for a replacement. Actress Shirley Henderson, who had a leading role as Tula Harkonnen, will also be replaced.
Meanwhile, series creator Diane Ademu-John, who wrote the pilot, stepped down as co-showrunner, leaving veteran Alison Schapker as sole showrunner on the Legendary-produced series.
“Since Dune: The Sisterhood has entered a planned hiatus, some creative changes have been made in the production in an effort to create the best series possible and stay true to the source material”an HBO Max spokesperson told Deadline. “Johan Renck has ended his participation in the series and a new director will be hired; by mutual agreement, Johan is moving on to pursue other projects. In addition, Shirley Henderson will exit the series and will no longer play Tula Harkonnen”.
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According to sources close to the production, the last-minute showrunner change put pressure on Schapker and his team to make major rewrites as the series began production in Budapest. Meanwhile, it seems that Johan Renck’s authorial approach did not coincide with the streamer’s vision for the series. The departure from the aspect of Denis Villeneuve’s films therefore led to his departure. Renck has since deleted all Dune content from his Instagram account, including his Nov. 22 post announcing the start of production. It is unclear whether the material he shot will be used in the series if it is scrapped altogether.
Dune: The Sisterhood, based on the classic novel by Frank Herbert, is set 10,000 years before the ascension of Paul Atreides. The show follows the Harkonnen sisters as they battle the forces that threaten the future of humanity and found the legendary sect known as the Bene Gesserit.