Marion Zimmer Bradley's DARKOVER May Head to TV
After the success of HBO'S adaptation of George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones, it shouldn't be surprising that other epic fantasy series are under consideration for translation into television shows. Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover certainly fits the bill, and producers Ilene Kahn Power and Elizabeth Stanley have secured the rights and are developing a series, per a recent press release.
Fantasy is not my forte, but Bradley is a revered figure among her fans. Born in New York, she sold her first story at the age of 19 in 1949 and wrote a huge volume of novels and short stories before dying in 1999. She began 30 years of writing about Darkover in 1958, and always insisted (according to the MZB Literary Works Trust) that the Darkover "novels are not a series and can be read in any order, since none of the books assumes that you are familiar with any other of the books."
That makes them well-suited to adaptation. Producer Stanley says the novels and stories "chronicle the development of a remarkable civilization - technology poor but rich in its ability to harness the psi powers of the human brain (such as telepathy and telekinesis)." Bradley's The Mists of Avalon, by the way, was adapted for television back in 2001.
At this point, we're a long way off from actually seeing anything on TV. The producers name check Game of Thrones and Battlestar Galactica, but to come anywhere close to that level, they'll need to secure a considerable amount of financing for a series. They've indicated they want to make a "multi-platform" series, and Stanley has experience doing that (Trailers From Hell, Splatter), so we'll see if they can pull this off and make Bradley's Darkover a filmed reality.