Yep, you read that right: Tortall, the setting for your favorite medieval female underdogs like Lady Knight Alanna the Lioness, Provost’s Guard Beka Cooper, and Wild Mage Diane Sarrasri (among many others), is in the works to become adapted into a major television series.
According to Deadline, Author Tamora Pierce said: “Not only am I over the moon that the Tortall books will be adapted by Playground, but I know my fans will be ecstatic.”
You may know Playground Entertainment as the production company behind Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and they’re teaming up with Lionsgate, the Twilight, Hunger Games and Divergent dystopian coming-of-age powerhouse, to do Tortall right. So far, they’ve optioned the rights to 22 books — meaning we could be looking at quite a few seasons.
For those poor souls unfamiliar with Pierce’s writing, just know that this is the medieval fantasy universe you’ve been looking for: (lady) knights, sorcerers, magical animal familiars, goddesses, tricksters and spy rings abound. Plus — even though Pierce began this universe back in the 80’s — her books play with very relevant themes like feminism, diversity, and class hierarchy that fans will probably appreciate more today than ever before.
It’s too early to tell when this’ll be in production, but we already can’t wait to watch Lady Alanna charge across our television screens.