New TV series, based on Ursula Le Guin's Earthsea books, in development at Fox
Ursula Le Guin's beloved fantasy series Earthsea is the latest literary adaptation to the small screen, with a new TV series in development at Fox, Deadline has confirmed.
Producer Jennifer Fox has made a deal with Euphoria's production company A24 to develop the televised adaptation. Originally envisioned as a series films by Fox, this will now be made for TV. The Earthsea fantasy series consists of five novels and eight short stories, centered around magic and nature at work across hundreds of islands.
Fox made the following statement:
"Ursula Le Guin is a literary legend with a huge fan base and her work has been translated into practically every written language on the globe. She is second only to Tolkien in influence in this genre, and before she died last year, she agreed to put her most beloved work in my hands. This project is, therefore, a sacred trust and priority for me as well as an opportunity to create an iconic piece of American culture."
The author's son, Theo Downes-Le Guin, added:
"Ursula long hoped to see an adaptation of Earthsea that represented a collaboration between her ideas and words and the visual storytelling of others. I feel very fortunate that, with Jennifer Fox and A24, we have a bedrock of producing and development experience that can bring the sweeping narrative and moral truths of my mother’s work to screen."
Earthsea is the latest in a string of fantasy novel adaptations for TV, with everything from Lord of the Rings to The Wheel of Time currently in the works.