A first look at the upcoming TV series Dune: Prophecy based on the Sisterhood of Dune novel.

Max released a trailer for Dune: Prophecy, bringing a tale from author Frank Herbert’s sci-fi odyssey to the small screen this fall. The video was first shown during the Warner Bros. Discovery Upfront presentation in New York City this week. Dune: Prophecy is inspired by the novel Sisterhood of Dune, written by Brian Herbert (Frank’s son) and collaborator Kevin J. Anderson. The first season will consists of six episodes, to be seen in Fall 2024.

The official description: “10,000 years before the ascension of Paul Atreides, Dune: Prophecy follows two Harkonnen sisters as they combat forces that threaten the future of humankind, and establish the fabled sect that will become known as the Bene Gesserit.”


Brian Herbert is known for his collaborations with author Kevin J. Anderson, with whom he has written multiple prequels (and some sequels) to his father’s landmark 1965 science fiction novel, Dune, all of which have made The New York Times Best Seller list. He also writes original novels, often comedies.

During Legendary Entertainment‘s 2016 deal for of film and television rights for the Dune franchise, they immediately began development of a two-part film adaptation, with Denis Villeneuve chosen as director by 2017. TV development also began, and Legendary Television ordered the series in 2019, being a spin-off project from Villeneuve’s films. Various creative figures had joined by 2019, and following several creative overhauls, in 2023 Alison Schapker (Lost) became the show-runner with Anna Foerster (Independence Day, Outlander) serving as director for multiple episodes. Meanwhile, casting took place from November 2022 to June 2023. Filming began by November 2022 in Budapest and Jordan and wrapped by December 2023.

Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica in Dune 2, one of the Bene Gezeret

The mostly British cast includes Emily Watson (Corpse Bride, Kingsman) as Valya Harkonnen and Olivia Williams (The Sixth Sense) as Tula Harkonnen. Legendary Television produced The Expanse, and Monarch: Legacy . Dune: Part 2 premieres on Max this month.


David Raiklen
David Raiklen

David Raiklen wrote, directed and scored his first film at age 9. He began studying keyboard and composing at age 5. He attended, then taught at UCLA, USC and CalArts. Among his teachers are John Williams and Mel Powel.
He has worked for Fox, Disney and Sprint. David has received numerous awards for his work, including the 2004 American Music Center Award. Dr. Raiklen has composed music and sound design for theater (Death and the Maiden), dance (Russian Ballet), television (Sing Me a Story), cell phone (Spacey Movie), museums (Museum of Tolerance), concert (Violin Sonata ), and film (Appalachian Trail).
His compositions have been performed at the Hollywood Bowl and the first Disney Hall. David Raiken is also host of a successful radio program, Classical Fan Club.