Skybound is developing the project with Vincent Newman Entertainment and they are currently searching for a writer before taking it out to cable, premium cable, and streaming networks. Kirkman, Alpert, and Vincent Newman will executive produce. Skybound currently has the TV series The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead on AMC, and Outcast on Cinemax.
The books, published in 1970, take place in two “true” worlds, Amber and the Courts of Chaos, and in the shadows that lie between them. It centers on Corwin, who awakens on Earth with no but memory of his life as a prince of a royal family with the ability to travel through the shadows, who rule over Amber. The series spanned ten books over two cycles: The Corwin Cycle and The Merlin Cycle.
The books were penned by Roger Zelazny, who in the course of his career won six Hugo Awards and three Nebula Awards, among others. His first Hugo Award for …And Call Me Conrad tied with the classic science fiction novel Dune by Frank Herbert. Outside of the Chronicles of Amber, he is best known for his Lord Of Light series, which won a Hugo in 1968.
The show is being hailed as the potential “next Game Of Thrones,” a title that many networks have attempted to achieve in the past few years. FX and Spike made attempts this past year as well with the series Bastard Executioner and Beowulf respectively, though they both failed to catch on with viewers. MTV’s The Shannara Chronicles also struggled, though it will have another chance with an upcoming second season. The most successful fantasy series outside of HBO’s flagship series is by far Starz’s popular female-centric Outlander.
Emily J | Staff Writer