N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season TV Adaptation in Development

TNT is bringing N.K. Jemisin’s Hugo Award-winning fantasy novel The Fifth Season to television, Deadline announced today. Leigh Dana Jackson (Sleepy HollowHelix) will adapt Jemisin’s novel, the first in the Broken Earth Trilogy, set on a supercontinent that every few centuries is wracked by a “fifth season” of climate change in the form of devastating earthquakes.

Jemisin excitedly shared the news on Twitter:

Jackson acquired the rights to The Fifth Season even before its Hugo nomination last year. Deadline describes the plot of the novel and its three protagonists:

The Fifth Season is described as an epic drama set in a world where civilization-destroying earthquakes occur with deadly regularity. A small minority of inhabitants has the ability to quiet these earthquakes, but they also can cause them. The series follows three women, each of whom possesses these special, Earth-controlling abilities: Damaya, a young girl training to serve the Empire; Syenite, an ambitious young woman ordered to breed with her bitter and frighteningly powerful mentor; and Essun, a mother searching for the husband who murdered her young son and kidnapped her daughter mere hours after a Season tore a fiery rift across the land.

Jemisin won the 2016 and 2017 Best Novel Hugo Awards for The Fifth Season and its follow-up, The Obelisk Gate. The final installment in the trilogy, The Stone Sky, was published August 15.


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