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Empire of Wild TV Series Adaptation in the Works

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BY July 27, 2021

Kai Wu Yu and author Cherie Dimaline are working on an adaptation for TV of Empire of Wild, Dimaline’s own novel. In our work Slack, they thought I should handle this because I’m the Senior Indigenous Content Correspondent. But that’s burying the lede, because this is *deep breath* WEREWOLF STUFF. Can…can we get some confetti and like, some sparklers in here?

Empire of Wild Coming to TV (with Werewolves?)

empire of wild tv image via William Morrow

Wu and Dimaline will be adapting the book for Fabel Entertainment. That’s in keeping with what the company’s CEO told Deadline earlier this year. Henrik Bastin, the CEO, said that he intended to make more book adaptations, and thought his company was well-positioned to do it right. He said, “I can’t compete with the biggest companies – there’s always going to be someone who has a bigger wallet than an independent company – but big writers that don’t necessarily need the money but want to ensure that someone adapts their book the right way, that’s where we are.”

To that end, the company is also working on adaptations of Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk and Stephen King’s The Ten O’Clock People. Anyway, back to the werewolves. Empire of Wild is not strictly a werewolf story.

That’s because it’s a rougarou story, which is basically the same thing. The term “rougarou” actually comes from the French phrase for werewolf, “loup-garou.” You’ll find rougarou stories in communities with a strong French influence. That’s why, then, there are stories about them way up in Canada and way down in Louisiana.

The book, by the way, takes place in Canada. It follows Joan, a Métis woman whose husband Victor just up and vanished. After about a year, she attends a revival out of curiosity. And boy is it curious that the pastor, Eugene Wolff (ehehehehe), sure is her husband. Oh, sure–he says he isn’t Victor, but Joan knows better. So she embarks on a quest to prove to him who he really is. “And then there are werewolves?” I ask, beseechingly.

Where You Might Know Wu and Dimaline

empire of wild tv image via Kobo Originals

In case you missed our roundup of Indigenous sci-fi and fantasy authors, Dimaline is an author known for the 2017 book The Marrow Thieves. It’s a wild fantasy in which non-natives want something from Indigenous people, and they’ll kill to get it. Wow, can you imagine? The follow-up, Hunting By Stars, will be out in October.

Wu is a TV writer who has written for shows like Hannibal and The Flash. She also created the series Ghost Bride for Netflix. The show, which premiered last year, is about a woman in 1890s Malacca (in present-day Malaysia), who agrees to become a “ghost bride,” or basically, marry a dead man. Alright.

Since Dimaline’s and Wu’s adaptation of Empire of Wild was just announced, we don’t know yet when we might see the series. But we’ll keep you posted, especially if there’s Werewolf Stuff.

And as always, share your Werewolf Stuff thoughts with me in these comments, on our social media, in my email, or by screaming to the full moon.

featured image via Penguin Random House Canada

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Salomé Gonstad is a freelance writer who grew up in the swampy wilds of south Alabama. When she's not yelling about pop culture on the internet, she's working on a supernatural thriller about her hometown. Also, we're pretty sure she's a werewolf. Email her at salome@comicyears.com.

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