Fans of semi-obscure fantasy literature might be familiar with the novel series The Black Company by Glen Cook. But it sounds as though the series might soon earn itself a few more readers now that it’s officially getting made into a TV show.
The TV series is currently being developed by IM Global Television, Eliza Dushku’s Boston Diva Productions and David Goyer’s Phantom Four. Dushku (Dollhouse) is also set to star.
“The Black Company is vast in scope yet remains fundamentally relevant through the morally ambiguous choices it presents at every turn,” Dushku said of the series.
Cook’s series is divided into three collections (The Books Of The North, The Books Of The Sound and The Books Of Glittering Stone), nine series books and one spin-off (The Silver Spike) in total, so potential future fans should start reading now if anyone hopes to have the books read and done before the series comes round.
The first book, The Black Company, was first published in May 1984, with the second book (Shadows Linger) following in October.
“We are excited to bring Glen Cook’s classic story to life with Mark and David, luminaries in the cinematic pursuit of science fiction and epic fantasy, who will inevitably assemble poignant characters embroiled in jaw-dropping action.”
IM Global Television president Mark Stern added: “Glen Cook’s books turn the traditional fantasy adventure tropes on their ear with wry, dimensional characters and a modern sensibility. We’re excited to explore this intricate and exciting world for television with David and Kevin along with Eliza, Nate, Ami and Sam.”
The Black Company is a dark-epic fantasy hybrid, and follows the exploits of an elite mercenary unite, the last of the Free Companies of Khatovar, as it attempts to cross the land while avoiding trouble. Dushku is set to play the Lady, the ruler of the Northern Empire that uses the Black Company to further career and agenda.
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