A New Adaptation Of ‘The Dresden Files’ Could Be Coming To TV
There could be a new adaptation of Jim Butcher’s ‘The Dresden Files’ book series heading to tv, as Fox21 Television Studios options the rights to New York Times bestselling novels.
The contemporary fantasy/mystery novel series follows the adventures of private investigator and wizard Harry Dresden as he takes on cases of supernatural disturbances in modern-day Chicago. It’s set in a world where all the supernatural creatures you can think of – vampires, demons, ghosts, faeries, and werewolves – are real. Dresden acts as a “consulting wizard”, taking cases from client both human and nonhuman clients, along with helping out the Special Investigations (SI) Unit of Chicago PD.
The potential new series would come from Ileen Maisel (‘The Golden Compass’, ‘Inkheart’), alongside John Fischer and Julie Waters from Temple Hill Entertainment (‘The Twilight Saga’, ‘The Maze Runner’) who would produce the show.
Jim Butcher’s original novels were first published back in 2000, beginning with ‘Storm Front’. There are now 15 books in the series, with the latest being ‘Skin Game’ published in 2015. The books have sold millions worldwide, and have spawned roleplaying games, tabletop games and a series of graphic novels.
This isn’t the first time ‘The Dresden Files’ has been adapted for tv. The Sci-Fi Channel (before it became Syfy) adapted the books back in 2007, with ‘Arrow’ star Paul Blackthorne taking the lead role of Dresden. Sadly, it only lasted one, 12-episode, season before being cancelled.
It’s still very early days for this potential new adaptation of ‘The Dresden Files’, but we’ll let you know if and when we hear more.
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