Series of fantastic books becoming a TV show
The Riftwar Saga – a classic fantasy series from writer Raymond E. Feist – will be adapted for television by Atomic Blonde writer Kurt Johnstad.
Raymond E. Feist Rift War Saga – one of the most critically acclaimed and best-selling fantasy series in history – has been selected for adaptation as a television series by BCDF Pictures. Atomic blonde Screenwriter Kurt Johnstad has been attached to the project, which will also see mobile content developed by Fiction Riot from early 2019.
Based on the setting of an original role-playing game that Feist and his friends directed together, The Rift War Cycle is one of the oldest fantasy series of all time, with 30 complete novels and three short stories spanning three decades. The Riftwar Cycle is composed of several sagas, with the first three books (Magician, Silreurorn and Darkness in Sethanon) being known collectively as The Rift War Saga. Other sagas in The Rift War Cycle understand The Serpents’ War Saga, The Black War Saga, The Demonwar saga and The Chaoswar saga. Feist’s novels have been translated into 25 different languages and sold over 20 million copies worldwide since 1982.
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Deadline reported on the deal, which will see Feist serve as a producer on the new show. Feist is notoriously protective of his work, and has only allowed his adaptation three times – twice to create computer role-playing games using his environment, and once in a Marvel Comics graphic novel format.
Feist: I have spoken to people in film and television about adapting my work since Magician’s publication in 1982. I have repeatedly said no to offers just because the “fit” was wrong. Glad to have finally met people with an understanding of the work and a vision to match mine in bringing The Riftwar Saga to the TV series.. I look forward to working with the talented team at BCDF as much as they need to and am delighted to finally see Magician on screen..
Spread over ten years and two planets, Magician details how a war was fought across interstellar distances through magical portals called “rifts” that allow travel between worlds. As the island kingdom is overrun by the empire of Tsuranuanni and the wizards they call the great, a sorcerer’s apprentice named Pug and a young soldier named Tomas will find their fate tied to the conflict that threatens to destroy everything they know and more. Pug will learn to harness the strange powers his mentor cannot explain, as Tomas becomes the offspring of a long-dead civilization of divine warriors. Crazy monarchs, political strife, stories of lost heirs, and Machiavellian intrigue also form part of the plot, forging one of the most complex tales and some of the most interesting characters on this side of Game Of Thrones.
Although it is too early to predict that The Rift War Saga could replace HBO’s series as TV’s most popular fantasy offering, there’s little reason to bet against Feist and his legacy. There is a reason The Rift War Cycle novels have regularly made the New York Times bestseller list, and why Feist has the large and local fan base that he does. Given this, it seems almost certain that a new wave of fantasy fans is about to experience the magic of Feist’s work.
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