Given the massive, runaway success of HBO’s Game of Thrones, it was probably just a matter of time before someone snapped up another sweeping, character-dense, world-rich genre book series to bring to the small screen. And Marion Zimmer Bradley’s best-selling Darkover saga seems to be next in line.
Producers Ilene Kahn Power—who gave Angelina Jolie her big break in HBO’s Gia—and Elizabeth Stanley have obtained the rights to Bradley’s Darkover books, almost 40 in all, which chronicle the foundation of a human colony on an inhospitable planet in orbit around the red giant star known as Darkover and incorporate elements of both fantasy and science fiction.
According to Kahn Power:
“With the ability to create the Darkover world through state-of-the-art effects and the opportunity to utilize multiple platforms to unfold our narrative, now is the ideal time to create a lasting and far-reaching series that features compelling characters and gripping stories that will appeal not only to existing fans but also to the broader audience which has embraced series such as Game of Thrones and Battlestar Galactica.”
They’re setting a pretty high bar for themselves; let’s hope they can clear it. To date, there’s no network involved, nor are there any creatives involved beyond the producers, but I could always use another ambitious, sweeping science fiction saga. How about you?