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The Inheritance Trilogy by NK Jemisin Will See Adaptation As A Television Series

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BY March 17, 2021

NK Jemisin is genre royalty; after making history at the Hugo awards, winning a MacArthur Genius Grant, and reaching the bestseller list with all of her books. So it was only a matter of time before the adaptation train picked up a few of her novels for television. Reports indicate that The Inheritance Trilogy by NK Jemisin will come to life on-screen. Searchlight Television has optioned the series. Westbrook Studios – Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith’s production company – is also onboard.

The Inheritance Trilogy Could Fill The Game of Thrones Sized Hole In Our Hearts

N.K. Jemisin MacArthur Genius NK Jemisin Inheritance Trilogy Author N.K. Jemisin | Image via the MacArthur Foundation

According to Deadline, the adaptation of The Inheritance Trilogy by NK Jemisin will be an “epic, live-action ongoing fantasy series.” This is great news for genre fans who have been searching for a new epic fantasy show ever since Game of Thrones ended.

No word yet on which of the big streaming networks will pick up the series. I would place my bets on Starz or HBO picking up The Inheritance Trilogy. These are two networks that have been consistently putting out content for black audiences in recent years. Also the number of racy sex scenes in The Inheritance Trilogy would likely do best on one of the premium channels. Plus, HBO still hasn’t filled the fantasy shaped hole left in their lineup by GoT.

A World Where Gods and Mortals Co-Exist

NK Jemisin Inheritance Trilogy Adaptation Image via Orbit Books

The Inheritance Trilogy by NK Jemisin consists of three novels – the first is The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. Followed by The Broken Kingdoms and The Kingdom of Gods. It is a stunning series that takes place in a kingdom where gods and mortals co-exist. A synopsis from Orbit Books tells us the following about the series.

“Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle.”

A Study In Black Excellence

Terrence Carter of Searchlight Television had the following to say about the upcoming adaptation of The Inheritance Trilogy by NK Jemisin.

“N. K. Jemisin is one of the most creative and prolific fantasy novelists of our time. Her epic storytelling and fierce, powerful character work render complex, multicultural worlds that truly stand out in a genre too often painted with a monochromatic brush,” Carter said. “We’re excited to partner with the team at Searchlight to bring her incredible, award-winning trilogy to life on screen.”

The studios are currently searching for a writer, director, and the cast who can bring The Inheritance Trilogy to life. I can think of any number of amazing black showrunners, writers, and directors who would be excellent for the series. And the show promises to be a true showing of black excellence. The characters are largely people of color, and Jemisin herself is one of our leading Afrofuturist writers.

This is personally my favorite series from NK Jemisin, and I can’t wait to see it come to life on-screen. We will absolutely be following the news of this production as it continues to develop. To stay up to date, be sure to follow Comic Years on Facebook and Twitter today!

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Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.

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