DUNE: PROPHECY Teaser Trailer Takes Us To 10,000 Years Before The Ascension Of Paul Atreides

DUNE: PROPHECY Teaser Trailer Takes Us To 10,000 Years Before The Ascension Of Paul Atreides DUNE: PROPHECY Teaser Trailer Takes Us To 10,000 Years Before The Ascension Of Paul Atreides

Max has shared the first teaser trailer for Dune: Prophecy, the upcoming prequel series which takes place 10,000 years before the events of Denis Villeneuve's Dune. We also have a premiere window...

By JoshWilding - May 15, 2024 01:05 PM EST
Filed Under: Dune
Source: SFFGazette.com

As we first reported on SFFGazette.com, Casey Bloys, Chairman and CEO, HBO and Max Content shared the first trailer for Dune: Prophecy during today's Warner Bros. Discovery Upfront presentation. 

Despite being very much in line with what we've seen from Dune in theaters (albeit with perhaps a few more splashes of colour), the pressure is on this series to live up to Denis Villeneuve's critically acclaimed movies. This teaser doesn't reveal much, but so far, so good based on what we're seeing.

From the expansive universe of Dune, created by acclaimed author Frank Herbert, and 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.

The series is inspired by the novel Sisterhood of Dune, written by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. 

The cast of Dune: Prophecy includes Emily Watson, Olivia Williams, Travis Fimmel, Jodhi May, Mark Strong, Sarah-Sofie Boussnina, Josh Heuston, Chloe Lea, Jade Anouka, Faoileann Cunningham, Edward Davis, Aoife Hinds, Chris Mason, Shalom Brune-Franklin, Jihae, Tabu, Charithra Chandran, Jessica Barden, Emma Canning, and Yerin Ha.

Alison Schapker serves as showrunner and executive producer. Diane Ademu-John co-developed the series and serves as executive producer. Anna Foerster executive produced and directed multiple episodes, including the first.

Jordan Goldberg, Mark Tobey, John Cameron, Matthew King, Scott Z. Burns, and Jon Spaihts executive produce with New York Times bestselling author Brian Herbert, along with Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert as executive producers for the Frank Herbert estate. New York Times bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson serves as co-producer.

The series is co-produced by Max and Legendary Television with Legendary also producing the film franchise that has released two installments to critical acclaim, the first of which garnered six Academy Awards.

Dune: Part One exceeded expectations in theaters when it opened during the pandemic but also drew big streaming numbers on what was then HBO Max. That's a big part of why this series is being made and its possible success can surely only bring us closer to Dune: Messiah eventually becoming a reality. 

A premiere date hasn't been set, though we can now confirm Dune: Prophecy will arrive on Max this fall.

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UniqNo - 5/15/2024, 1:12 PM
Surprised this is already coming out. Looks amazing.
mountainman - 5/15/2024, 1:22 PM
HBO continues to show other studios how it’s done. No other streamer or TV channel can produce cinematic shows like HBO, with Apple being second, Amazon being third, then the rest.
UniqNo - 5/15/2024, 1:26 PM
@mountainman - I dunno, I think k AMC and paramount are slowly getting better.. though Paramount are heavily relying on Taylor Sheridan, their content is slowly building.

Apple's stuff is hit or miss for me, but I did enjoy Slow Horses, Hijack and The last thing he said. SILO started off great but dunk into mediocrity. Invasion kinda sucks and I never did finnish servant. Monarch I'm still not sure about. I will give it to them though, they all look expensive.
mountainman - 5/15/2024, 1:35 PM
@UniqNo - My comment was specific to cinematic quality, which I think is where Apple shines.

I can’t say I’m familiar with Paramount content and haven’t watched AMC stuff in years so I can’t speak to those.

HBO is still top of the game though.
rebellion - 5/15/2024, 1:37 PM
@mountainman - max original, not hbo
UniqNo - 5/15/2024, 1:38 PM
@mountainman - ah ok, got ya
bkmeijer1 - 5/15/2024, 2:03 PM
@mountainman - yeah, it looks like a classic HBO show. This could very well end up being Game of Thrones in space (in terms of political intrigue)
mountainman - 5/15/2024, 2:31 PM
@bkmeijer1 - My only complaint about the films is that they didn’t do enough with the various factions, especially part 2.

The books are very political in nature. Rivaling political factions and economic interests drive the rule of the universe and its conflicts. It’s very realistic in that regard.

I understand there is only so much they can do without bloating the runtime. But it was odd how the Spacing Guild and some of the non-Harkonnen/Atreides houses didn’t feature.

If Messiah is made, that story really relies on those other factions to properly tell the story so I’m guessing we get more there.

But this project is super interesting. Haven’t read the book it’s based on but I vaguely know the history and it is quite interesting.
dmac3232 - 5/15/2024, 4:27 PM
@mountainman - The Guild doesn’t play a particularly big role in the original novel outside of negotiating with Paul near the end, and the Tleilaxu aren’t mentioned at all outside of a single line of dialogue. There will be plenty of opportunity to flesh them out in the third film.
bkmeijer1 - 5/15/2024, 4:28 PM
@mountainman - yeah, the movies were pretty basic in the factions warring. Only GoT-thing it did well was power dynamics. This show is 8 hours though, so should be enough time to properly explore factions
mountainman - 5/15/2024, 5:07 PM
@bkmeijer1 - Exactly. And with the large time difference (and the generally lesser known book this is based on) they have some flexibility to flesh them out without the “burden” of Paul’s story taking up a larger amount of screen time.
mountainman - 5/15/2024, 5:09 PM
@dmac3232 - Tleilaxu do not need to be in the adaptation of the first book, but I would have liked a small scene (like the first movie) with the Guild. Just remind audiences who they are and their role.

Very interested to see how they handle that certain ghola character. He was interesting. If they decide to adapt Children and God Emperor at any point, he is quite a pivotal character in many ways.
dmac3232 - 5/15/2024, 6:26 PM
@mountainman - I would have liked to have seen a lot of things, but I also recognize that Dune is a massive story that needed streamlining in order to avoid overwhelming a largely unititiated audience. It’s part of the reason so many people (incorrectly) considered it an unadaptable book.

Frankly, I respect the discipline/intelligence to recognize what was important, what wasn’t and make decisions accordingly.

I’m skeptical the actor who should logically play that role has the chops for it, but we’ll see. Whatever they do there, the Guild (and others) will be similar to how the Harkonnens were treated with more detail and screen time in Part 2. It’s going to be great.
marvel72 - 5/15/2024, 6:29 PM
@mountainman - I totally agree, top notch TV.

This looks pretty good as well.
mountainman - 5/15/2024, 7:00 PM
@dmac3232 - Yeah he was one of the few miscasts in part 1/2. But we have him now.

I think I’m most interested to see Chalamet evolve into the role and see Taylor Joy as Alia.
bkmeijer1 - 5/16/2024, 2:04 AM
@mountainman - I don't know they book it's based on, but I wouldn't be surprised if the prophecy is still brought up. Guess we'll see
MrDandy - 5/15/2024, 1:22 PM
Looks solid. I’ll check it out. HBO has a great track record and it may be a good holdover until Messiah.
rebellion - 5/15/2024, 1:36 PM
@MrDandy - this is max original, not hbo
GhostDog - 5/15/2024, 1:36 PM
Looks so cinematic
McMurdo - 5/15/2024, 1:46 PM
Is this in the Dennis V universe or no
rebellion - 5/15/2024, 1:58 PM
@McMurdo - i will pretend it isnt, no matter what they say. it looks mid at best, and isnt based on frank herberts books.
McMurdo - 5/16/2024, 11:35 AM
@rebellion - I agree this looks like a higher budget sci Fi channel series. Which....may work in its favor. We shall see
narrow290 - 5/15/2024, 1:57 PM
For some reason I always thought of the Harkonan's as non-human...am I wrong?
MrDandy - 5/15/2024, 2:16 PM
@narrow290 - Spoiler if you haven’t seen part 2 but clearly two main characters are Harkonen and clearly normal humans. The reason they look alien in the Dennis Vellinuve movie is because they live under a sun that gives them poor skin pigmentation.
narrow290 - 5/15/2024, 2:43 PM
@MrDandy - okay gotcha! Also Gurney tells Paul in the first one " you've never seen a Harkonan, their not human, their brutal!" kinda through me off
Forthas - 5/15/2024, 1:57 PM
I LIKEY......What planet does it take place on? Given the two main characters are Harkonans, where they are does not look like Giedi Prime!
TheVisionary25 - 5/15/2024, 1:59 PM
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The aesthetic feels similar but different in some distinct ways not just in the splashes of color but also cleaner aswell…

This being set 10,000 years before the films certainly gives them some leeway for things to look different to an extent as certain things will look newer etc.

Anyway , it’s a got a good cast from the names I’m familiar with so I’ll likely give it a shot!!.
MotherGooseUPus - 5/15/2024, 2:22 PM
SOLD. HBO/Max does it again with another amazing looking show i need to watch
Nomis929 - 5/15/2024, 2:27 PM
Dunejedi - 5/15/2024, 2:56 PM
This pleases me.
Oberlin4Prez - 5/15/2024, 4:11 PM
Looks aight. Not sure it’s on the level of being in the same universe as the movies. Kind of surprised they went so far back in time. Unless it’s based on one of the books.
mountainman - 5/15/2024, 5:11 PM
@Oberlin4Prez - It is, but it was written by Frank Herbert’s son after his death. He wrote about a dozen prequels, sequels, and in-between-quels in the same universe. I haven’t read any and most of the fan base isn’t a huge fan of them.
Oberlin4Prez - 5/15/2024, 8:39 PM
@mountainman - thanks
NGFB - 5/15/2024, 7:20 PM
Man that's gonna suck. Because hating is so in right now.
Typhoon20 - 5/15/2024, 8:01 PM
Ragnar Lothbrok is in this? This makes me happy. I hope his role is big.

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