Vampire fantasy novel A Discovery of Witches in development for TV

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Feb 8, 2016

Fantasy seems to be having a mini-resurgence on the small screen these days, and now another book is set to make the leap from page to screen.

Deadline reports Deborah Harkness’ historical fantasy All Souls Trilogy is in development as a television series. Producers Jane Tranter, Julie Gardner, Ashley Pharaoh and Harkness are working to adapt the first book, A Discovery of Witches, into a full season.

The first installment of the series was published in 2011, and focuses on Oxford scholar Diana Bishop, who is a descendent of the Salem witches. The story heats up when she accidentally unlocks an enchanted manuscript, and is compelled to embrace the magic in her blood and enters a forbidden romance with charming 1,500-year-old vampire Matthew Clairmont.

No word on where the series could potentially land, network-wise, though it’d stand to reason it could fit just about anywhere in the current climate. Harkness was apparently working with the BBC to adapt the series, though that project stalled. Warner Bros. has held the film rights since 2011, though there doesn’t seem to be much momentum on that end.

Between shows like The Magicians on Syfy, vampy staples like The Originals over on The CW, and urban fantasy project Shadowhunters on Freeform, it seems like the perfect time to strike.

(Via Deadline)

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