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Nnedi Okorafor’s ‘Who Fears Death’ To Be Adapted For TV By HBO

Nnedi Okorafor’s novel Who Fears Death is officially being adapted for television at HBO. Set in a post-apocalyptic Sudan, the story follows the a young woman named Onyesonwu. An outcast in her society, she goes on a journey to defeat her evil sorcerer father Daib.

Okorafor is consulting on the show, and the pilot will be written by Selwyn Seyfu Hinds. George R.R. Martin, Michael Lombardo and Angela Mancuso are executive producing.

Who Fears Death was first published in 2010 and won both a 2011 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel and the 2010 Carl Brandon Kindred Award for an outstanding work of speculative fiction dealing with race and ethnicity. It’s is a unique coming of age tale, and should bring a unique voice to television. With Okorafor heavily involved in the development process, it also means that any area explored outside the confines of the original novel will stay in tune with that voice.

It’ll be interesting to see how this goes.

Via Deadline

Syfy Doubling Down on Genre Programming for 25th Anniversary

Two years ago someone at Syfy finally woke up to the fact that genre programming was exploding across almost every network across the dial except theirs — a network literally created for that purpose. So they smartly pulled wrestling from their schedule, started greenlighting more actual science fiction, and have been pushing to reclaim their old identity.

As the network heads to its 25th anniversary this September, they’ve decided to double down on this strategy. The first step was, apparently, to get a new logo for the network.

They’re also continuing to add new programming in line with their current mission. Besides Krypton (which we talked about yesterday), the network has also greenlit Happy! starring Christopher Meloni. Based off the graphic novel of the same name by Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson, it tells the story of an ex-cop turned hitman whose life is changed by a magical blue horse (who will be played by Bobby Moynihan).

So yeah, that one sounds weird.

They’re also developing a series based off of the George R.R. Martin novel Nightflyers. For those unfamiliar with the book, the network’s description is pretty straightforward:

Set in the future on the eve of Earth’s destruction, a crew of explorers journey on the most advanced ship in the galaxy, The Nightflyer, to intercept a mysterious alien spacecraft that might hold the key to their survival. As the crew nears their destination, they discover that the ship’s artificial intelligence and never-seen captain may be steering them into deadly and unspeakable horrors deep in the dark reaches of space.

So, y’know, family programming.

In any case, it’s nice to know the network is trying. The logo is a bit weird, in the sense that it ditches the purple which has been omnipresent since even the earliest “Scifi Channel” days. Really all we care about is the content though, and they seem to be at least trying to deliver it.

Via The Verge, The Wrap

TV Series in Development Based on George R.R. Martin’s ‘Wild Cards’

I usually start articles here giving a little background about what I’m going to talk about, but look, if you’re reading this you’re a human who speaks English and is alive in the 21st century. I’m pretty certain I don’t have to explain who George R.R. Martin is, or what a cultural phenomenon Game of Thrones is. It should be no surprise then that the television industry is interested in anything with his name on it.

This of course brings us to Saturday, when George R.R. Martin announced on his LiveJournal that Universal Cable Productions (UCP) has optioned Wild Cards, an anthology series Martin edited and contributed to, for television.

Wild Cards is a series of superhero and science fiction novels, anthology books, and mosaic novels set in a shared universe. Taking place in an alternate history of post-World War II United States, it wouldn’t look exactly like anything else on television — so it’s a pretty exciting idea for a series.

This whole thing is still in early days, so (as I always say) this whole thing could evaporate into the ether. Let’s hope that it doesn’t though.