Universal TV Boards ‘Valdemar Universe’ Fantasy Book Series Adaptation – Deadline
EXCLUSIVE: Universal TV heads into the realm of fantasy.
The studio has boarded a television series adaptation of Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar literary universe.
Universal Studio Group develops Heralds of Valdemarbased on a series of novel trilogies.
Kit Williamsonwho created Netflix’s LGBTQ comedy series EastSiders, fits with author Brittany Cavallaro, who wrote the Charlotte Holmes series of books. The pair bonded over the books at school and will now write and produce the TV adaptation.
The Last Herald-Mage, The Arrows, The Mage Winds and The Mage Storms trilogies create the world of Valdemar, a place millions of readers return to again and again. Valdemar follows three teenagers chosen by fate to protect the kingdom – Vanyel, a young queer hero on a journey of self-discovery, Talia, a protected girl fleeing an oppressive religious cult, and Elspeth, a princess determined to be her own hero. Although separated by centuries, their journeys are linked, each battling the same evil force with the world at stake.
Lackey has written over 140 books and is considered one of the most prolific science fiction and fantasy writers of all time. In addition to EastSidersWilliamson wrote the film adaptation of Camp for HBO Max. He is replaced by Buchwald and More/Medavoy. Cavallaro and Williamson recently opted A study in Charlotte at A+E Studios and wrote the pilot. She is replaced by Buchwald.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring the world, characters and stories of Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar to television audiences,” said Vivian Cannon, EVP, Drama Development, Universal Television. “His novels push the conventions of the fantasy genre, envisioning a unified world ruled by hope, not power, where normal people find the ability to become heroes.”
“I am thrilled beyond words that Kit and Bri are working on this project; they love the material and have an almost deeper understanding of it than I do,” Lackey said. “It’s a dream come true to have the potential to see my world on screen.”
“Kit and I first bonded out of love for the Valdemar books twenty years ago when we were kids at boarding school,” Cavallero said. “Valdemar means the world to me; it showed me what a truly inclusive society could look like, and Mercedes Lackey’s queer, feminist characters taught me that anyone could be a hero. We’re thrilled to bring this project to life with Radar Pictures and Universal Television, it’s a magical moment.
“I can’t overstate the impact these books had on my life as a gay teenager growing up in Mississippi,” Williamson added. “Vanyel’s story was my introduction to Valdemar and will be our starting point for exploring the vast universe Lackey has created. We couldn’t ask for better partners than Radar Pictures and Universal Television to bring this epic story to a new generation. .
Radar Pictures is represented by Buchwald.