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Can ‘The Earthsea Cycle’ Be Successfully Adapted This Time?

Written by late author Ursula K. Le Guin, The Earthsea Cycle is a fantasy series set in an archipelago of hundreds of islands and focuses on the coming-of-age story of a young wizard named Ged, who must use his powers to stop those who threaten to upset the islands’ way of life.

 

Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin. Image Via Polygon

 

In 2004, the Sci Fi Channel created a three-hour loose adaptation for television of A Wizard of Earthsea and The Tombs of Atuan, entitled Legend of Earthsea. Thanks to budget constraints, the addition of a romantic subplot, and whitewashing, the film anger not only fans of the series but also Le Guin herself.

It posed the question: Can you adapted The Earthsea Cycles successfully, or is the pressure of a studio system too great?

Yet you need the money to adapted The Earthsea Cycles. The original idea was that the book series was going to be made into films, with Le Guin giving her blessing to adapt the series after her death. Now, the plan has shifted and Earthsea will become a television series instead.

 

 

Jennifer Fox, the producer of the Jake Gyllenhall film Nightcrawler, is teaming up with studio A24 to bring the series to the small screen, in hopes of shopping it around to potential networks.

 

Jennifer Fox

Jennifer Fox. Image Via HBO

 

The series has often been compared to The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and Fox has even described Le Guin as second only to Tolkein:

 

 “Ursula Le Guin is a literary legend with a huge fan base and her work has been translated into practically every written language on the globe. She is second only to Tolkien in influence in this genre, and before she died last year, she agreed to put her most beloved work in my hands. This project is, therefore, a sacred trust and priority for me as well as an opportunity to create an iconic piece of American culture.”

 

Are you a fan of The Earthsea Cycle? Do you think this adaptation will work out for the best, or should they combine the first two books into one movie?

 

 

 

 

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Riz Ahmed as Hamlet

Riz Ahmed’s ‘Hamlet’ in Development!

You might know him from Venom, Star Wars: Rogue One, or even as the guy who died a hilarious death on Nightcrawler (an appropriate qualification for his upcoming role), but Riz Ahmed is now on his way to becoming the iconic Hamlet, Prince of Denmark.

Variety reports that while promoting Englistan, his new BBC series, Ahmed also confirmed that his adaptation of the Shakespearean tragedy is currently in development.

The project originally began with Ahmed and writer Mike Lesslie (Macbeth, Assassins Creed). The two had met during their college years.

 

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The adaptation is expected to be a contemporary retelling, and will be set in modern-day London against the backdrop of England’s economic and political uncertainty. The story will still follow the play’s classic themes of familial honor, moral duty, and dynastic corruption. And Hamlet will likely still die.

Ahmed, also known for his activism (essay in The Good Immigrant and speech at the English Parliament), aims to use this project to bring stories and roles with social impact to the forefront.

Netflix is set to finance and distribute the film according to Deadline.

 

 

 

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