THR reports that HBO Max has made its first showrunner change.
Jon Spaihts will step down as showrunner on Dune: The Sisterhood, the straight-to-series TV offshoot of the forthcoming feature film for the WarnerMedia-backed streaming service. A search is underway for a new showrunner to replace him.
Picked up to series in June, Spaihts turned in one draft of a script and a revised outline for the female-focused take on Frank Herbert’s beloved 1965 novel Dune. Sources say Legendary TV was not happy with the early work Spaihts submitted and opted to remove him as showrunner on the production so he can instead focus on the yet-to-be-formally-announced film sequel to the forthcoming Dune feature.
This is the first showrunner change for an HBO Max scripted original series. The service, which will feature originals alongside library content (including Friends, The Big Bang Theory and Game of Thrones) from across WarnerMedia’s brands, is set to launch in May and cost $15 per month.