What should be the next fantasy series adapted for tv

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Re: What should be the next fantasy series adapted for tv

Post by Formless » 2020-08-16 09:13pm

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Wow. I didn't know people were still touchy about Last Jedi. What was "disrespectful" about their depiction of Like losing his way?
In the interest of staying on topic, I think that's a question that should remain unanswered.
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Re: What should be the next fantasy series adapted for tv

Post by mr friendly guy » 2020-08-17 05:31am

Talking about a Buffy reboot seems to be more about having a sequel rather than adapting a fantasy series for tv, hence outside the scope of the OP. Unless there were Buffy sequel stories which haven't been adapted to tv I guess.

Also having conversations about being "respectful" to the characters can veer off when people start to compare to productions where they feel it wasn't respectful. Problems arise when its far from universal whether people consider the work "disrespectful."

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Another possible series but most probably doesn't have the epic world building of others, could be the Harmony Black series by Craig Schaefer. A female witch and FBI agent solving crimes involving the supernatural. There is an overaching plot, but you can kind of do monster of the week with this series. It would most likely be fun, don't need that high quality special effects. Might also attract those who like mystery stories, because its essentially mystery in an urban fantasy world.

Again ticks the diversity quotient to try and appeal to a larger audience base.
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Post by Knife » 2020-08-17 12:31pm

I think it was Bernard Cromwell who wrote a three book series about King Arthur that was really good. The Winter King. It's a bit more down to earth and gritty and not so shiny as the traditional poems and later books and movies were. A touch of historical realism, though not touting it as totally realistic or historical.
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Post by Ralin » 2020-08-17 03:29pm

mr friendly guy wrote:
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Another possible series but most probably doesn't have the epic world building of others, could be the Harmony Black series by Craig Schaefer. A female witch and FBI agent solving crimes involving the supernatural. There is an overaching plot, but you can kind of do monster of the week with this series. It would most likely be fun, don't need that high quality special effects. Might also attract those who like mystery stories, because its essentially mystery in an urban fantasy world.

Again ticks the diversity quotient to try and appeal to a larger audience base.
I find it beyond bizarre that there are people who think that the first book in that series is the best.

Schaefer does have a detailed and fairly convoluted metaplot and setting, but the rights would be a huge tangled knot given that he has multiple series in the same continuity but some of them are self-published and some of them are done through a publisher and also he has at least two other series and counting that are theoretically in another continuity but no one really expects him to stick to that.

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Post by SpottedKitty » 2020-08-24 02:25pm

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I think it was Bernard Cromwell who wrote a three book series about King Arthur that was really good. The Winter King. It's a bit more down to earth and gritty and not so shiny as the traditional poems and later books and movies were. A touch of historical realism, though not touting it as totally realistic or historical.
An alternative might be the T.H. White version of the Arthur legendarium (the first book was made into the Disney animated film The Sword In The Stone). It's got a modern (well, -ish) feel to it, and yet IMHO at least, better and in a very different way to the TV series Merlin. Generous helpings of adventure and magic, (mostly) likeable good characters and (mostly) villainous bad characters. I think it could be made to work, with the proper treatment.
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Re: What should be the next fantasy series adapted for tv

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Knife wrote:
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I think it was Bernard Cromwell who wrote a three book series about King Arthur that was really good. The Winter King. It's a bit more down to earth and gritty and not so shiny as the traditional poems and later books and movies were. A touch of historical realism, though not touting it as totally realistic or historical.
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Re: What should be the next fantasy series adapted for tv

Post by Nari » 2020-09-16 02:52pm

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The Witcher TV show is focused on the extremely well written novel series that predates the video games, and is more accurate to the original source material...
Season 1 of the TV show at least was based on the stories from 'The Last Wish' and 'Sword of Destiny' books. I'm reading the English translations, but I don't know if I'd call those well written. I found them confusing and in some places incoherent.

'Blood of Elves' (and the later books in the 'main arc') on the other hand are well written, and I understand that Season 2 of the TV show will be based on that.


As for my proposed adaptation: The 'Daughter of the Empire' trilogy. I'd say that has enough intrigue and story to fuel a TV show; probably too big for a movie per book.

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Re: What should be the next fantasy series adapted for tv

Post by His Divine Shadow » 2020-10-13 02:07am

I would like to see Mistborn and other smaller side novels by Sanderson, can save the Stormlight archive for last.
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Re: What should be the next fantasy series adapted for tv

Post by Broomstick » 2020-10-13 04:22am

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Buffy reboot or Dresden Files.
There was a Dresden Files adaption, lasted one season. It deviated from the books on several points but I thought it all worked well in context (as an example, Bob was basically a human ghost imprisoned in the skull, not a "spirit of intellect", but it worked out fine for the show).

As usual, the episodes were shown out of order, probably a couple never made it on air, and was cancelled.
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Re: What should be the next fantasy series adapted for tv

Post by Zaune » 2020-10-13 08:38am

Since all the obvious/popular candidates have probably already been suggested, Boatmurdered the Movie, anyone?
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Re: What should be the next fantasy series adapted for tv

Post by Bedlam » 2020-10-14 03:18am

Ben Aaronovitch's Rivers of London series would probably be good, if a urban fantasy police procedural about the last two wizards (at least at the beginning) working for the London Metropolitan Police Department dealing with supernatural ('falcon' going by the in-universe police code) crime. The main character gets the job when he realizes that he took a witness statement from a ghost near a murder. The magic's generally fairly low powered, the main character is only an apprentice, and he spends much of the first few books trying to apply the scientific method to figure out how magic might work and develop new spells (magic has an EMP effect which is eventually weaponized).

The author was talking about a TV series when I saw him at a book signing a few years ago I don't think it's progressed all that far over that time.

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Re: What should be the next fantasy series adapted for tv

Post by LadyTevar » 2020-10-14 05:19pm

Nari wrote:
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As for my proposed adaptation: The 'Daughter of the Empire' trilogy. I'd say that has enough intrigue and story to fuel a TV show; probably too big for a movie per book.
Are you talking Fiest & Wurst's Daughter of the Empire trilogy?

It was a great series, with Mara of Acoma as female antagonist far better than any of GOTs players imho. She schemes, manipulates, tricks, and yes, wars her way into becoming the most powerful woman in the Empire, and it's all done by her wits and her choice of allies. And that's just THE FIRST BOOK.

The Second Novel touches on the RiftWar with Midkemia, with a major character being a POW. Mara isn't involved in the RiftWar, being sent as far away from the 'honor' as possible, so it'd be challenging to work in how Pug the Magician ends the war while still keeping focus on Mara and Kevin's romance as she ends a long-standing rebellion.

The last novel has everything. Death of the Emperor, all clans battling for position, the Great Magicians stepping in for more havoc, and the end of an era.
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Re: What should be the next fantasy series adapted for tv

Post by Nari » 2020-10-24 07:30am

LadyTevar wrote:
2020-10-14 05:19pm
Are you talking Fiest & Wurst's Daughter of the Empire trilogy?

It was a great series, with Mara of Acoma as female antagonist far better than any of GOTs players imho. She schemes, manipulates, tricks, and yes, wars her way into becoming the most powerful woman in the Empire, and it's all done by her wits and her choice of allies. And that's just THE FIRST BOOK.
That’s the one! And I just noticed that they’re now available on Kindle (they didn’t seem to be for a long time) so might have to give them a spin again.

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