CBS to Adapt Ian McDonald’s Luna: New Moon for Television

CBS Television Studios has won a bidding war for the rights to Luna: New Moon, Ian McDonald’s new novel publishing September 22 from Tor Books and Gollancz. Working with Shane Brennan, the showrunner for NCIS: Los Angeles, the studio will adapt McDonald’s novel—the first in a duology, about rival corporations fighting for control over the Moon—for television.

McDonald’s series is set in 2110, about fifty years after the Moon has been colonized. But what started as a small step for man has led to the creation of the Five Dragons—ruling families that have brought space politics back to nearly-feudal status. Check out the full synopsis:

The Moon wants to kill you. Whether it’s being unable to pay your per diem for your allotted food, water, and air, or you just get caught up in a fight between the Moon’s ruling corporations, the Five Dragons. You must fight for every inch you want to gain in the Moon’s near feudal society. And that is just what Adriana Corta did.

As the leader of the Moon’s newest “dragon,” Adriana has wrested control of the Moon’s Helium-3 industry from the Mackenzie Metal corporation and fought to earn her family’s new status. Now, at the twilight of her life, Adriana finds her corporation, Corta Helio, surrounded by the many enemies she made during her meteoric rise. If the Corta family is to survive, Adriana’s five children must defend their mother’s empire from her many enemies… and each other.

You’ve got space exploration, family drama, high stakes (inheriting part of the Moon!), and the potential for a diverse cast of characters. McDonald himself has called it “Game of Domes“—listen to The Coode Street Podcast for more information on Luna: New Moon.

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