Earlier this summer, Patrick Ness released Burn, his latest YA novel, and it looks as though we might be getting a television adaptation of it. Deadline reports that J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot has picked up the rights to the book.
The story is set in the midst of the Cold War in a more fantastical timeline: a young, biracial woman named Sarah Dewhurst and her father pick up a dragon to help them clear some fields on their family farm. It’s a move made out of desperation on the part of her father, but the dragon who arrives takes a keen interest in Sarah, believing that she’s part of a prophecy, and things get complicated when a young cultist being followed by the FBI arrives.
Ness already has quite a bit of experience in Hollywood—he wrote an adaptation of his book A Monster Calls back in 2016, which starred Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones and Liam Neeson. According to Deadline, he’ll be writing and producing this adaptation, along with J.J. Abrams, Ben Stephenson with Warner Bros. Television. (Abrams has an overall deal with WarnerMedia.)
Bad Robot has had a good run with television lately—it’s the company behind Westworld and Lovecraft Country at HBO, while Abrams recently got a greenlight for three shows on HBO Max: Duster, Overlook, and Justice League Dark.