Ursula K. Le Guin’s fantasy Earthsea is in development at A24 and with Oscar-nominated Jennifer Fox producing. This according to Deadline. The widely acclaimed novels were made into a mini-series in 2004 and premiered on the Sci Fi Channel. The difference this time around is that the late author personally gave her approval for the project to Jennifer Fox. This is a big deal as Le Guin was very critical of the mini-series when it came out going so far as to call it ‘disrespectful’ and to accuse the producers of white-washing. The latter is an important point since characters of color are central to the Earthsea story.
Jennifer Fox will not make that mistake. “Ursula Le Guin is a literary legend with a huge fan base and her work has been translated into practically every written language on the globe. She is second only to Tolkien in influence in this genre, and before she died last year, she agreed to put her most beloved work in my hands. This project is, therefore, a sacred trust and priority for me as well as an opportunity to create an iconic piece of American culture.”
Le Guin’s son, Theo Downes-Le Guin, added, “Ursula long hoped to see an adaptation of Earthsea that represented a collaboration between her ideas and words and the visual storytelling of others. I feel very fortunate that, with Jennifer Fox and A24, we have a bedrock of producing and development experience that can bring the sweeping narrative and moral truths of my mother’s work to screen.”
The Earthsea Cycle is a collection of fantasy books that take place in a vast archipelago comprised of hundreds of islands and surrounded by an unchartered ocean. A mysterious force threatens darken the world with chaos.
The Earthsea world is considered one the best fantasy worlds ever created. We can’t wait to see it given the love and respect it deserves.
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