Glen Cook’s epic series The Black Company may be the next fantasy adaptation to make the jump to the television screens—Deadline is reporting that the series is in development with IM Global Television, who are working with Eliza Dushku’s Boston Diva Productions along with David Goyer’s Phantom Four. Dushku, known for her work in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Dollhouse, will star as The Lady, a dark sorceress who hires the mercenary Black Company.
The Black Company begin their series as a tough, cynical unit who sell their skills to the highest bidder. However, when they learn that an ancient prophecy may be coming true, they have to reevaluate their choices, and most importantly, decide whether to forsake old loyalties. The Lady, who rules the Northern Empire, hires the Black Company for her own ends.
Goyer will be an executive producer for the show, along with Dushku, Nate Dushku, and Ami Lourie of Boston Diva. Dushku spoke of the series’ scope in her statement, saying, “The Black Company is vast in scope yet remains fundamentally relevant through the morally ambiguous choices it presents at every turn.”
Dushku’s production company has optioned the ten-book epic fantasy series, as well a forthcoming book titled Port of Shadows, tentatively scheduled for release in 2018 from Tor Books, which chronicles the events surrounding Croker and his cohort right after the first three Black Company books. You can learn more about the series in Graeme Flory’s Reread of The Black Company, and as always we’re eager to hear your casting ideas in the comments.