Walking Dead comic book creator Robert Kirkman will be developing Roger Zelazny‘s epic scifi-fantasy saga Chronicles Of Amber for television.
Kirkman will be adapting Zelazny’s 10-book series with his Skybound Entertainment banner partner Dave Alpert, as well as Vincent Newman Entertainment (We’re the Millers), in what THR reports could be TV’s next Game of Thrones. GoT author George R.R. Martin has often credited Zelazny as one of his biggest inspirations.
“Chronicles of Amber is one of my favorite book series of all time, and one of my main inspirations for working in film and television,” Skybound CEO Alpert said. “Getting to produce this project is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. I can’t wait to share this amazing story with a new generation of fans.”
The trio, who will all serve as executive producers for the TV series, is currently searching for a writer for the television adaptation before they pass it around to cable, streaming, and premium cable networks for pick up.
Here’s what executive producer Vincent Newman had to say about the project:
“The greatness of the Amber universe is attested to by its millions of fans across the globe as well as its influence on so many other literary works. I can’t think of better partners in David and Robert with which to bring the Amber novels to television and other platforms.”
First published in 1970 with Book 1, Nine Princes in Amber, Chronicles has gone on to sell more than 15 million copies globally. The series is divided into two 5-book arcs, The Corwin Cycle and The Merlin Cycle, that take place in the two worlds of Amber and the Courts of Chaos, as well as in the dimensions between them known as “Shadows,” where Earth, amongst other places, is located. The first half of the series centers on Corwin, whose family rules Amber, with the second half focusing on Corwin’s son Merlin in a more modern coming-of-age story.
Skybound is behind AMC’s The Walking Dead and its prequel spin-off Fear the Walking Dead — both of which are based on the comic book universe created by Kirkman — and Cinemax’s Outcast, as well as the following projects in development: Five Year for streaming-video site Viki; The Mastermind with the Russo Brothers (Captain America: Civil War), and the documentary series Heroes and Villains: The History of Comics for AMC.
Upon Zelazny’s passing in 1995, Martin wrote about his admiration for the author, whose novel Lord Of Light was the source material for the script used in the true-life story depicted in Ben Affleck’s Argo. Martin called Zelazny “a storyteller without peer” as well as a personal friend.
Zelazny’s long out-of-print 1971 novel Jack of Shadows was recently reissued by Chicago Review Press as part of their Rediscovered Classics Series.
With HBO’s Game Of Thrones ending in two more seasons, there will definitely be an opening for a good dramatic fantasy series, and if done right, Chronicles Of Amber is poised to fill it.
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