It looks like Netflix is going all-in on Eric Heisserer. The man is best known for his recent writing work on films like Lights Out and Arrival, but his latest writing credit is for Netflix’s Bird Box (which he co-wrote with Jeff Wadlow) has been a huge online sensation, including an obligatory “challenge” where some idiots put themselves and others in mortal danger (I’m looking at you, Jake Paul).
Now, Netflix has greenlit a new eight-episode series from him called Shadow and Bone, which is based on the novel of the same name by Leigh Bardugo. The executive produced by Stranger Things‘ Shawn Levy and author Bardugo. Its creation, writing, and executive credit will go to Heisserer, who will also serve as showrunner of the series. Needless to say, this is Heisserer’s time to shine.
This actually seems pretty interesting, as it won’t just be a traditional adaptation of one novel (Shadow and Bone), but it will also adapt Six of Crows, another novel set in this world. As such, it will essentially be adapting two books at once.
Below is the official synopsis for Shadow and Bone:
“Soldier. Summoner. Saint. Orphaned and expendable, Alina Starkov is a soldier who knows she may not survive her first trek across the Shadow Fold—a swath of unnatural darkness crawling with monsters. But when her regiment is attacked, Alina unleashes dormant magic not even she knew she possessed.
Now Alina will enter a lavish world of royalty and intrigue as she trains with the Grisha, her country’s magical military elite—and falls under the spell of their notorious leader, the Darkling. He believes Alina can summon a force capable of destroying the Shadow Fold and reuniting their war-ravaged country, but only if she can master her untamed gift.
As the threat to the kingdom mounts and Alina unlocks the secrets of her past, she will make a dangerous discovery that could threaten all she loves and the very future of a nation.
Welcome to Ravka . . . a world of science and superstition where nothing is what it seems.”
My assumption is that the first season will adapt Shadow and Bone and most of Six of Crows, Season 2 would adapt the second book of the Bone series, the rest of Six of Crows and part of Crooked Kingdom, and Season 3 would adapt the third book in the Bone series and the rest of Crooked Kingdom. That’s the way my OCD would like to see that turn out, but given my overall unfamiliarity with the series, and given that adaptations are rarely that clean, who knows how it’ll all shake out.
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