After years of speculation, it’s official: N.K. Jemisin‘s Broken Earth trilogy is getting a cinematic adaptation! Deadline broke the news today that TriStar Pictures is adapting the multi-award-winning series.
Sony Pictures Entertainment secured the 2015 series in a seven-figure deal after an intense bidding war. While we know next to nothing about the adaptation, it’s confirmed that N.K. Jemisin herself will be involved. This is Sony Pictures’ second seven-figure deal of the week; they also secured another multi-book series, Don Winslow’s City on Fire trilogy.
Jemisin is the first person to win the Hugo Award for Best Novel both three years in a row and for all three books in a trilogy. The Broken Earth trilogy consists of The Fifth Season, The Obelisk Gate and The Stone Sky and takes place on an Earth-like planet with a supercontinent called the Stillness. Every few centuries, its inhabitants experience a “Fifth Season” of cataclysmic climate change.
The series features Essun, a mother whose husband killed their son and kidnapped their daughter. She also possesses the ability to manipulate the earth by redirecting its heat and energy. She is an orogene, a people often hated and feared for their power. After a mob chases her out of her village, Essun journeys south to follow her husband and rescue her daughter.
The Broken Earth series has a large, dedicated fanbase worldwide. Jemisin’s work, including her standalone The City We Became, has sold millions of copies. The books are dark, but the characters are complicated and fascinating. Jemisin’s powerful writing makes them easy to root for, and so entertaining to follow.
These are some of my favorite books, and I can’t wait to see them come to life!