The streaming wars continue, with networks competing to obtain rights to popular novels for adaptation. NBC’s streaming network Peacock premiered with an adaptation of Brave New World. They are also working on (yet another) reboot of Battlestar Galactica. Now Peacock has also picked up the rights to The Green Bone Saga by Fonda Lee. The first novel Jade City came out in 2017 from Orbit Books. Followed by Jade War, as well as the upcoming Jade Legacy. Let’s take a look at what we know about this exciting fantasy series, and how it will play out as a television show.
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An Asian Inspired Fantasy World
The first book in the Green Bone Saga is described as ‘Godfather-esque.’ Replete with feuding families and ‘vicious politics.’ In this world jade is highly coveted, and the mineral can give some people special powers. Competing clans struggle to control the supply. Author Fonda Lee won the World Fantasy Award in 2018 for Jade City.
A synopsis from Orbit Books tells us the following about Jade City, the first book in the series.
The Kaul family is one of two crime syndicates that control the island of Kekon. It’s the only place in the world that produces rare magical jade, which grants those with the right training and heritage superhuman abilities.
The Green Bone clans of honorable jade-wearing warriors once protected the island from foreign invasion–but nowadays, in a bustling post-war metropolis full of fast cars and foreign money, Green Bone families like the Kauls are primarily involved in commerce, construction, and the everyday upkeep of the districts under their protection.
When the simmering tension between the Kauls and their greatest rivals erupts into open violence in the streets, the outcome of this clan war will determine the fate of all Green Bones and the future of Kekon itself.
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Jade City Will Be A TV Series For Peacock
According to Deadline, Dave Kalstein will be the primary writer and showrunner for the series. Kalstein has previously worked on shows like Treadstone and Quantico. Breck Eisner of The Expanse will executive produce and also direct the series. Universal TV is developing the Jade City series for Peacock.
I CAN FINALLY SHARE THE NEWS: the JADE CITY TV SHOW is in development!!! There are still a whole lot of steps before it hits @peacockTV but I'm beyond excited to be working with this team. 🎉🎉🎉https://t.co/2aErCQSNHX
— Fonda Lee (@FondaJLee) August 13, 2020
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