One Huge Reason Why Fans Should Keep Their Expectations Low for Dune: Prophecy

Dune: Prophecy will premiere this fall on Max, but fans should watch their enthusiasm!

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  • The Dune movies are based on Frank Herbert's novel of the same name.
  • Now, the studio is ready with a prequel series for Max, titled Dune: Prophecy.
  • Fans are skeptical about the project, as it is based on Brian Herbert's novel, not his father's.
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The Dune franchise started in 2022 with Denis Villeneuve’s Dune: Part 1. Starring Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Bardem, Zendaya, and Florence Pugh among others, the two movies became massive hits. And while Villeneuve will complete his Dune trilogy with the concluding Dune: Messiah, the studios have something else for us to feast on until the third movie is ready.

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Dune: Prophecy [Credit: Max]
Dune: Prophecy [Credit: Max]
Legendary Entertainment, the studio behind the franchise, will soon release a prequel series – Dune: Prophecy, for Warner Bros. on their streaming platform, Max. Based on Brian Herbert’s Sistethood of Dune, this show follows the Empire thousands of years before Paul Atreides is born, even before the Bene Gesserit is formed. And while this is an exciting project for fans, there is one thing people are sceptical about.

Dune: Prophecy and How The Bene Gesserit Comes To Be

Legendary Entertainment in collaboration with Brian Herbert, first announced a prequel series for Dune based on the Bene Gesserit sisterhood, back in 2019. After a couple of changes in scriptwriter, showrunner, and director, leading to some delays in the project, we finally have the first trailer for the upcoming Max show, Dune: Prophecy.

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Rebecca Ferguson as Reverend Mother in Dune Part Two [Credit Warner Bros. Pictures]
Rebecca Ferguson as Reverend Mother in Dune Part Two [Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures]
The Bene Gesserit are known for their riddles and cryptic prophecy, and how they influence the Empire and it’s rulers with their power. The prophecy that is the driving force behind the whole Dune universe, is also from the sisterhood. It is about a son born of a Bene Gesserit, the Kwisatz Haderach, who will lead everyone to freedom. And Timothee Chalamet‘s Paul Atreides becomes that person.

But this prophecy is actually a result of the years that the Bene Gesserit spent, working their way through the Empire, sowing seeds of their manipulation throughout. Dune: Prophecy is years before the sisterhood is known as the Bene Gesserit in the Empire. But their quest for power, of sisterhood before everything, was as prevalent then, as it is 10,000 years later. And the trailer gives us a glimpse into how the Sisterhood works, and their intentions and ambitions.

Dune: Prophecy Has One Flaw That Everyone is Talking About

Charlotte Rampling As Gaius Helen Mohiam
Charlotte Rampling as Gaius Helen Mohiam of The Bene Gesserit in Dune: Part One

Although fans are loving that they are getting to feast on more Dune content before Denis Villeneuve is ready with Dune: Messiah, there is one thing people are concerned about. Dune: Prophecy is based on Brian Herbert’s novel, Sisterhood of Dune, and not on the original work from Frank Herbert. And when it comes to the literature, the former’s work on the Dune universe is considered much inferior to the latter’s.

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Fans, though excited about the upcoming project, are keeping their skepticism intact until the show is out for us to see, because of this. Many have taken to Twitter to reveal that they are keeping low expectations from the show, but are still hoping for it to do well.

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Dune: Prophecy is set to premiere on Max this fall.

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