Marie Lu’s Legend Is in Development as a TV Series

Marie Lu’s 2011 novel Legend—the first in a dystopian series of the same name—is in the works as a TV show. Deadline reports that Lu is working with Bound Entertainment (the company started by Snowpiercer producer Samuel Ha) to develop her debut YA novel, which is set in a future Los Angeles, flooded and ruled over by the Republic of America.

Lindsay Sturman (a writer and producer on Supergirl and Teen Wolf) is writing the pilot with Lu and serving as executive producer.

The novel’s summary explains,

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths – until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Legend was a bestseller and launched Lu’s career, which now includes the Young Elites and Warcross series (Warcross is also in development) and a volume in the DC Icons series, Batman: Nightwalker. Recently, she was one of a group of YA authors who launched the troubled Realms of Ruin, a collaborative world/NFT project that was met with strong criticism, and pulled by the authors the very same day it was announced.

No cast or production timeline has been announced for Legend.


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