It looks as though Gareth Powell’s space opera Embers of War is getting a television adaptation, with director Breck Eisner (The Expanse, The Last Witch Hunter) tapped to direct, according to Variety.
Embers of War is an action-packed military SF thriller about a sentient warship, the Trouble Dog, that was one part of an Earth military fleet that was ordered to commit genocide on a forest planet. Horrified at what she did, she went rogue and joined The House of Reclamation, a humanitarian fleet that’s devoted itself to helping those in need throughout space.
In the novel, a civilian starship is visiting a solar system that’s been altered by some ancient alien civilization, and is attacked, prompting the Trouble Dog and her crew of misfits to jump in to save it and its survivors, only to find that there is a deeper plot at play, one that could change the balance of power in the galaxy. The book is followed by two others, Fleet of Knives, and Light of Impossible Stars, which would presumably provide material for the show if it’s picked up for multiple seasons.
According to Variety, screenwriter Gary Graham will tackle the screenplay, which Eisner will direct. Eisner’s well-experienced with space opera: he directed a number of notable episodes of Syfy and Amazon’s adaptation of The Expanse. The show will be produced by Greg Silverman’s Stampede Ventures and wiip.
Amazing to read all the love for TROUBLE DOG. One of the greatest characters ever created and all credit to @garethlpowell.
— gary graham (@thegarygraham) January 22, 2021
The series doesn’t seem to have a home as of yet, but it does feel like it’ll be a solid one for any number of streaming services, all of which have picked up some big space opera show in recent years—Amazon has The Expanse, CBS All Access has Star Trek Discovery, Netflix has Lost in Space, Disney+ has The Mandalorian, and Apple TV + has its upcoming Foundation adaptation. Embers of War, which has a large cast of characters, a vibrant world to play in, and plenty of action, feels like it’s the perfect fodder for similar treatment.