Fantasy Saga Adaptation In Development

A television adaptation of Raymond E. Feist’s fantasy book series The Riftwar Cycle is currently in development, focusing on the first six stories.

An adaptation of the fantasy book series, The Riftwar Cycle, is in development. Written by Raymond E. Feist, Riftwar Cycle boasts over 30 installments split among a number of trilogies and sagas. Though it was previously reported in 2018 that Kurt Johnstad was adapting a television script based on Feist’s first novel, Magician, word on the series has since fallen silent. Starting in 1982, the books within the Riftwar universe are focused on the worlds of Midkemia and Kelewan and tell the stories of various characters connected through the existence of magic, which can be wielded to open rifts and travel to different planets.


Deadline now confirms that a television adaptation centering on the first six novels of The Riftwar Cycle is currently in development. The rights to the books have reportedly been acquired by Six Studios, a new company formed by fantasy enthusiasts, Jeff Huang and Carl Choi. A number of writers have been enlisted to adapt the various novels for the small screen, including Hannah Friedman (Obi-Wan Kenobi), Jacob Pinion (Fear the Walking Dead), and Nick Bernardone (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt).

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Kiri Hart and Stephen Feder, formerly of Lucasfilm, are also attached to consult on the new series. The first six books, published between 1982 and 1992, encompass the original two trilogies: The Riftwar Saga and The Empire Trilogy. Both series focus on different protagonists, with the first trilogy originating on Midkemia, and the second based on Kelewan, though their stories intersect. Further details on when and where audiences can expect to see The Riftwar Cycle are yet to be revealed, though the magnitude of the series means the adaptation is liable to have a lengthy development period.

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Source: Deadline

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