Amazon Studios to Bring Iain M. Banks’s Culture to the Small Screen

Amazon’s next big television project has been announced–an adaptation of Consider Phlebas, the first novel in Iain M. Banks’s Culture series. No word on when it will premiere, but we have some details below.

Amazon Studios has acquired the rights to the book, and the Estate of Iain Banks will be serving as an Executive Producer. Plan B Entertainment will produce with Dennis Kelly (World War Z) adapting the book for film. It is the story of Horza, who is tasked by the conquering and warlike Idirans with recovering a Culture “Mind”–an A.I. that could help them wipe out the Culture. Head of Scripted Series at Amazon Studios Sharon Tal Yguado spoke of the project in a recent press release:

“The story of the Culture is so rich and captivating that for years Hollywood has been trying to bring this utopian society to life on the screen. We are honored that we have been chosen, along with Dennis Kelly and Plan B Entertainment, to make Consider Phlebas into a television series we think will be loved by fans for years to come.”

Dennis Kelly is eager to begin work on the series, stating, “Iain Banks has long been a hero of mine, and his innate warmth, humor and humanism shines through these novels. Far from being the dystopian nightmares that we are used to, Banks creates a kind of flawed paradise, a society truly worth fighting for—rather than a warning from the future, his books are a beckoning.”

For more information, head to Business Wire. Hopefully, we will be hearing more about this series soon!



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