I’ve shared a few press releases recently about this news, but I wanted to follow it up with more detail that I’m sure you’ll be curious about. Several months ago, a screenwriter approached me to ask if I’d be interested in making a TV show out of my books. He introduced me to Bruno Zarka, the CEO of a new studio called Nucleus Media Rights. For the last few months, Bruno and I have been discussing doing a live-action TV series based on the books of the Kingfountain series.
As you can imagine, I’ve been very hesitant and cautious about tying up the rights to my books unless I’m confident that they will be family-friendly productions. That is incredibly important to me. I want my kids and nieces and nephews to be able to read anything or watch anything that has my name on it. I also would never want to disappoint my fans, all of you!
So why did I choose Nucleus? Well, after many, many discussions with Bruno (and after he read The Queen’s Poisoner), he convinced me that he would respect my vision of the series. He believes strongly that there needs to be more shows that families can watch together. That he wanted me to be a full partner in the production of the show, and that I’d be able to help choose the people brought in to breathe life into the story. In other words, I get full creative control.
I’m the first to admit that I know very little about creating TV shows. Nucleus is providing talented individuals who will help me make this happen. We’ve already begun discussing possible script writers, directors, concept artists, and I’ve made plenty of suggestions of my own (like asking/begging for Richard Armitage to play Severn). There is still a lot of work to be done, but we’re hoping to put the lead team together within the next couple of months. Before we cast the roles, we need to assemble the creative team.
Another question you probably have is where you’ll be able to watch the Kingfountain TV show. I don’t have an answer for you yet, because we don’t have that locked down, but Bruno and I are in strong agreement as to our #1 choice of who that would be. But before we can pitch the show to them, we need to have the team assembled, scripts written, artwork created, and the right chemistry to increase the odds of success. If all goes well, we’d be able to start filming next year, 2021. The plan is for Season 1 to be based on The Queen’s Poisoner.
I’m also very grateful to have an excellent entertainment attorney, Matt Sugarman. He represents Patrick Rothfuss, Naomi Novik, Brandon Sanderson and many other fantasy authors, so I’m in good hands. In fact, because Matt works with Brandon, he knows my desire to keep it PG or PG-13 rated, and we’ve even built that into the contract.
This is very new territory for me, but it feels strangely familiar. Years ago, I was approached by a brand new publisher, 47North, looking for new fantasy authors. It’s turned into a long-term partnership which has changed my life. Nucleus isn’t well known right now. Just you wait…(nods to Hamilton).
I’m sure you have other questions that I probably can’t answer right now because it’s too early into the process. I just wanted to share this amazing news with you because many of you have been there for me the whole time. And Bruno has assured me, multiple times, that he wants to create a show that won’t disappoint you, the true fans. No, he wants you to be amazed. And so do I.
As the pieces begin to come together, I’ll keep you informed here on my blog as well as sharing pictures on my Instagram account (@muirwoodwheeler).
Now, if we can only find a little boy who can play Owen Kiskaddon…