Fans of Jim Butcher’s epic fantasy series ‘The Dresden Files’ may have reason to rejoice as the series is once again being adapted to a live-action television show. While not everyone is going to be happy that Fox21 Television Studios snagged the rights to the show with their history of canceling things, the Walt Disney buyout of the company might mean that anything genre related in development could have more legs to stand on going forward. At the very least we can hope it will last longer than the single 12-episode season which The Sci-Fi Channel put out back in 2007.
Ileen Maisel (‘The Golden Compass,’ ‘Inkheart’) will be producing the series with John Fischer and Julie Waters who are overseeing the show for Temple Hill Entertainment.
There have been fifteen novels in the series published since 2000 as well as short stories which have sold millions of copies in 29 countries around the world. The last installment was released in 2014 though the author has a plan for 20 novels laid out with an epic trilogy as an endcap to the series. Even though there has been a delay since the last installment was released, it seems unlikely if this proves to be a hit that we’d have the same kind of problem that George R.R. Martin saw with ‘Game of Thrones’ on the television show getting ahead of the books.
For those unfamiliar with the series, it follows Harry Dresden who is both a private investigator and wizard who is working in modern-day Chicago. He lives in an alternate Earth to ours where magic and magical creatures such as demons, shapeshifters, vampires, and more are real. He is the only “consulting wizard” in the world who will work with both human and non-human clients as well as the Chicago Police Department’s Special Investigation Unit.
Are you excited that we’ll be getting a new live-action take on ‘The Dresden Files’? Do you feel that this series will be more popular today than when it was first attempted to be released in 2007? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Source: Deadline Hollywood