Sci Fi TV Development: HBO Finds Its New Epic Fantasy Series, The Dark Tower TV Series Will Be a Reboot, and More

By | March 29, 2019

Development news has slowed down the last couple of weeks, but here are a few announcements that I have tracked.

HBO is developing the epic fantasy series Asunda

Network: HBO

Credits: Sebastian A. Jones (Creator / Writer / Executive Producer), Mimi DiTrani (Executive Producer)

Starring: TBA

Description:Asunda is set in the culturally rich but war-torn world of Asunda, where an orphan girl is born of two nations and raised in a small desert town. Hunted by all, she will search for her ancestors and the courage to bind them against an ancient enemy.” Deadline Hollywood

Comments: This is based on the shared universe comics from Stranger Worlds created by Sebastian A. Jones which include the titles Niobe, Dusu, Erathune and Essessa. This is early in the development stage and will not make it to the small screen until 2020 at the earliest.

Amazon’s Dark Tower TV Series Will Be a Reboot

Network: Amazon

Credits: Glen Mazzara (Showrunner / Executive Producer)

Starring: Sam Strike, Jasper Pääkkönen

Description: “The Dark Tower TV series will take place many years before the events depicted in the feature and will focus on Roland Deschain’s origin story – how he first became a gunslinger and got his guns, his first conflict with the man in black, his first love and his first mission as a gunslinger.” Deadline Hollywood

Comments: The series will not be connected to the 2017 feature film and will act as a reboot of the franchise. Amazon is close to making a formal order for a pilot.

Syfy is developing Seanan McGuire’s fantasy series Wayward Children as a TV series

Network: Syfy

Credits: Joe Tracz (Writer / Executive Producer), Legendary TV (Production Company)

Starring: TBA

Description: “The four-book series, beginning with Every Heart a Doorway, centers on a mysterious boarding school for students who have returned from trips to magical worlds where they were heroes or monsters and now have to readjust to being ordinary children. All of them are looking for a way back to their fantasy realms, but when students start turning up dead, those who remain team up to catch the killer — lest none of them ever get to go home again.” THR

Comments: The network will likely be targeting early to mid 2020 to get this series on the air.

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