If you’re a fan of Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone or Six of Crows series then we have some fantastic news for you today. Netflix has greenlighted an eight-episode series based on the novels and it’ll be written by Eric Heisserer, writer of Netflix’s smash hit Bird Box and Shawn Levy, executive producer of Stranger Things. Bardugo will also serve as executive producer for the show, which will go into production very soon.
Shadow and Bone will bring together the stories and characters of both Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows, and while we’re very excited we hope that Netflix can do the two overlapping series justice in just eight episodes. We’re sure anyone else who has read the series will agree that a series per book would have been possible and we can only hope it doesn’t all feel too rushed.
The Grishaverse is a rich fantasy world with tones of cold, harsh Russia and a great big dollop of fantasy and magic where creatures feast on human flesh, a young soldier uncovers a power that might help her reunite her country if she can just battle the dangerous forces plotting around her.
The novels have sold more than 2.5 million copies in English Language alone and have been translated into 38 languages to date. A new instalment of the Grishaverse, King of Scars if to be released later this month.
There’s no release date yet for the series and we haven’t heard anything about casting, but we’ll be keeping out eye on the news and are tentatively excited for this adaptation from Netflix.
Mike Barker, director of Outlander and The Handmaid’s Tale has been hired for the project, to tell the story of a young boy named Jack Sawyer and his quest through a monstrous dimension to find the mystical title object that might cure his dying mother, and even save two worlds in the process.
The heartbreaking All the Light We Cannot See is set in World War II and tells the parallel stories of a French girl, who is blind, and a German boy. Marie-Laure and her father escape Paris to a seaside town when the Nazis arrive, carrying with them a precious jewel. Meanwhile German ophan, Werner is a self taught radio expert who is enlisted by the Nazis to use this ability against the French Resistance. As they both try and survive the devastation of the war, their lives collide in spectacular fashion.
Without posting spoilers, Season 1 came to a pretty finite end, but season 2 is taking the story in a new direction with a whole new cast and will be called The Haunting of Bly Manor. For the extra bookish among you, bonus points if you knew that was a location from the Henry James novel The Turn of the Screw, and it seems that book will be the inspiration for the new season.