Fan’s of Deborah Harkness’ “All Souls” Trilogy may get the chance to see their favourite characters bought to life on the small screen soon, as Jane Tranter & Julie Gardner’s Bad Wolf production company are looking to bring A Discovery Of Witches to a tv set near you. This is the 2nd big pick up from the ex-Doctor Who people, who are also producing an adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials with BBC and New Line.
A Discovery Of Witches is a New York Times best selling novel in which young, Oxford historian, Diana Bishop, unwittingly exposes herself to a magic manuscript, dragging her into a world of daemons, werewolves, vampires, and of course, witches.
A version of the project had been in development for a number of years at the BBC, but the TV rights have now moved to Bad Wolf. There are also some film rights floating around which landed at Warner Bros, but the film company doesn’t appear to be in a rush to do anything with them…
Main writing duties have landed on the desk of Life on Mars/Ashes to Ashes scribe Ashley Pharoah, although Harkness herself is said to be penning a few episodes. If all goes well with ‘A Discovery of Witches’, Bad Wolf are keen to develop the rest of the trilogy.