Milla Jovovich is in advanced negotiations to star in the film adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s In the Lost Lands, according to Deadline.
After HBO’s groundbreaking success with the author’s Game of Thrones, it was only a matter of time before the work of prolific Martin landed on the big screen. Myriad Pictures has chosen German writer/director Constantin Werner to adapt the three interwoven female-centric tales that comprise the In the Lost Lands short story.
If she signs on, the Resident Evil actress will star as Gray Alys, a sorceress from the first tale that’s hired to brave a wasteland (The Lost Lands) in search of the power to shape-shift, an ability which comes at a terrible cost (naturally). The second thread in the interwoven story is of the warrior Sharra, who must battle the dragon gatekeeper of seven worlds to reunite with her lost love. The third and final journey is set in the future and tells of Bitterblooms, a barbarian spellbound by a lonely witch in Space.
No word yet on who will play the second two characters, Sharra and Bitterblooms, but, honestly — they had me at shape-shifting sorceress.
In the Lost Lands was published as part of Amazons II, the short-story fantasy anthology centering around female protagonists. With 12 contributions mostly by female authors, Amazons II, published by DAW in 1982, is long out of print. Of Martin’s In the Lost lands short story, Amazon reviewer J. Higgins wrote that it “sees Gray Alys the warrior-witch embark on a disquieting journey to the Lost Lands. The story’s bleak setting, violent tone, and carefully worded prose, make it another of the anthology’s superior entries.”
Martin is known for writing multidimensional female characters who transcend genre tropes. It’d be nice to see Jovovich embody such a character, or at the very least play a character with a decent story again. Her performance as Lilu, the unforgettable orange-haired world-saving being in Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element, was all charm, raw emotion, and intense action. If Jovovich can bring that level of performance to a Martin character…well, it just might be wonderful.