The ‘Valdemar Universe’ fantasy book series in preparation for television by Kit Williamson, Brittany Cavallaro and Radar Pictures
EXCLUSIVE: Jumanji producer Radar images adapts Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar literary universe for television.
The company, founded by Interscope Records co-founder Ted Field, who is an executive producer on Amazon The wheel of time series, has acquired the rights to the small screen books, which number 58 over more than 30 years.
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Kit Williamson, who created Netflix’s LGBTQ comedy series East Side, adapts with author Brittany Cavallaro, who wrote the Charlotte holmes series of books. The couple bonded to the books in school and will now write and produce the TV adaptation.
The series will be produced by Field, which has produced films including the Jumanji franchise, the Riddick franchise, Amityville Horror and The last Samourai. Anthony Tringali, Maria Frisk and Michael Napoliello will produce for Radar.
The first season will be adapted from the Last Herald-Mage trilogy, composed of Pawn of magic, which was first published in 1989, Price of magic and Promise of magic.
The series centers on the openly gay heroic protagonist Vanyel, the persecuted and abused son of a Valdemaran nobleman, who is accepted to Haven when chosen by companion Yfandes. Companions like Yfandes are horse-like magical beings with the power to bond with their chosen ones and unleash the potential for psychic and magical abilities.
But Vanyel also discovers other things about himself in Haven. He finds love in an unexpected place, and loses it, and almost his own life. Along with Yfandes and his aunt, Herald Savil, he will travel to the mysterious Hawkbrothers in search of healing and training and grow from a troubled and heartbroken trainee to being the most powerful Herald-Mage in Valdemar history. a hope for Valdemar against a relentless foe determined to completely eradicate magic from the Kingdom.
Lackey said: “I have hoped for decades that The last herald-mage would be suitable for television. Now that Radar has chosen the trilogy, I’m almost breathless with excitement. I couldn’t have chosen a better organization to take charge of my work, and Kit and Bri, the producers, absolutely know both their work and the material. I like the fact that it’s a long series: episodic television gives history all the space it needs. I hope our fans will be as excited to see their favorite characters come to life as I am.
“Vanyel in The Last Herald Mage The show was one of the first gay characters I met, and as a 16 year old I can’t stress enough the impact these books have had on me. The Valdemar series was way ahead of its time in portraying LGBTQ characters, and Lackey’s writing offered them a level of depth and complexity that was still very rare, especially in genre storytelling, ”said Williamson.
“It’s an absolute dream to adapt Valdemar’s books alongside Radar Pictures and Kit Williamson. Twenty years ago Kit and I became friends at residential school and we’re bonded by our love for Mercedes Lackey’s work, and we’re thrilled to begin the process of bringing it to the screen, ”Cavallaro added.
Radar partner Michael Napoliello said: “Radar is honored to bring this series to life for its many fans. “
Radar Pictures is replaced by United Talent Agency. Kit Williamson and Brittany Cavallaro are replaced by Buchwald, and Mercedes Lackey is replaced by Russell Galen at the literary agency Scovil Galen Ghosh.
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