Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Dollhouse star Eliza Dushku is set to star in The Black Company, a TV adaptation of the fantasy book series of the same name by author Glen Cook.
The series utilizes elements of both epic fantasy and dark fantasy, following a mercenary group called Black Company, which takes care of the things the highest bidders pay them to take care of. Dushku will play a character called the Lady, who rules the Northern Hemisphere of this fantastical world and uses Black Company to increase her firm grip on power.
Here’s a brief description of the first book from Amazon:
Some feel the Lady, newly risen from centuries in thrall, stands between humankind and evil. Some feel she is evil itself. The hard-bitten men of the Black Company take their pay and do what they must, burying their doubts with their dead.
Until the prophesy: The White Rose has been reborn, somewhere, to embody good once more. There must be a way for the Black Company to find her…
Dushku’s Boston Diva Productions optioned the 10-book existing series, and also an upcoming entry in the series set between the first and second books titled Port of Shadows.
The Black Company is being developed by IM Global Television and David Goyer‘s (the Dark Knight trilogy, Da Vinci’s Demons) Phantom Four, along with Dushku and Boston Diva Productions.
Of the announcement, IM Global Television president Mark Stern said:
“Glen Cook’s books turn the traditional fantasy adventure tropes on their ear with wry, dimensional characters and a modern sensibility. We’re excited to explore this intricate and exciting world for television with David and Kevin along with Eliza, Nate, Ami and Sam.”
With Dushku adding:
“The Black Company is vast in scope yet remains fundamentally relevant through the morally ambiguous choices it presents at every turn. We are excited to bring Glen Cook’s classic story to life with Mark and David, luminaries in the cinematic pursuit of science fiction and epic fantasy, who will inevitably assemble poignant characters embroiled in jaw-dropping action.”
More castings for The Black Company are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
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