Sci Fi Green-Lights Dune Sequel

Sci Fi Channel has green-lighted production on a sequel to its highly successful Dune miniseries.

Production on Children of Dune begins in Prague, Czech Republic, in
April, with the six-hour miniseries slated to air on the network in 2003. The
Sci Fi project marks the first film or television adaptation of the sequel
novels to the original best-selling Dune books. 

Produced by New Amsterdam Entertainment, Children of Dune has been
adapted by John Harrison and Richard P. Robinson.  Both worked on Frank
Herbert's Dune
, which premiered on the network in December 2000, to record

The miniseries is adapted from Dune Messiah and Children of Dune, the
second and third novels in the Herbert's award-winning six volume Dune

The $20 million, three-part Frank Herbert's Dune averaged a 4.4
rating (2.92 million households) last December, doubling all previous viewership
records on the network. The miniseries also earned two Emmy Awards this fall, in the
cinematography and special-effects categories.

Based on the success it enjoyed with Frank Herbert's Dune, Sci Fi is
now airing a pair of miniseries annually. Next up: the four-hour Firestarter:
in March and 20-hour epic Taken, from Steven Spielberg and
DreamWorks Television. The latter is currently in production in Vancouver,