‘Powder Mage’ Fantasy Novels To Be Adapted For TV By Stargate/Dark Matter’s Joseph Mallozzi

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14 Jan 21

‘Powder Mage’ Fantasy Novels To Be Adapted For TV By Stargate/Dark Matter’s Joseph Mallozzi

Brian McClellan’s ‘The Powder Mage’ fantasy novel trilogy is set for a tv adaptation by Joseph Mallozzi, the man behind shows such as ‘Dark Matter’ and the ‘Stargate’ tv franchise, it has been announced.

For those of you that don’t know the book series, it is set in the Nine Nations, a fictional world in which magic collides with 18th-century technology against the backdrop of political and social revolution. At the heart of the story are Powder Mages, wizards with the ability to metabolise and manipulate gunpowder to use as fuel for magical powers (and, of course, explosions!)

According to Deadline, who broke the news, the series is described as a fight for survival as mythical gods return to battle for a world that has changed in their absence. It will feature epic battles, gritty magic, heart-stopping duels, cunning political manoeuvres, intrepid investigators, and shocking betrayals.

The first season would, as you might expect, be based on the first book, Promise of Blood, which follows Field Marshal Tamas, who has just overthrown a corrupt monarchy in the Kingdom of Adro. However, this action has sparked a war within the Nine Nations as various factions battle for money and power. As a whispered rumour about broken promises, omens of death and the gods returning to walk the earth, begins to take hold amongst the populous, Tamas enlists the help of Adamat, a former police inspector turned PI, to solve the mystery behind the rumours. As the investigation deepens, it’s clear that overthrowing the monarchy was just the beginning…

Mallozzi is set to write the pilot with a view to showrunning the drama if it goes to series. Canadian production companies No Equal Entertainment (‘Bitten’) and Frantic Films (‘Todd & The Book Of Pure Evil’) will produce. Mallozzi will exec produce with J.B. Sugar for No Equal, Jamie Brown for Frantic and author Brian McClellan.

“The Powder Mage novels were brought to my attention by Joseph Mallozzi after we had the chance to collaborate on his series Dark Matter,” commented J.B. Sugar. “I am thrilled to be working with him again, and with our partners at Frantic, to adapt McClellan’s rich universe of stories and unique brand of fantasy into a long-running series.”

The Powder Mage trilogy was first published in 2013 and has sold over 700,000 copies worldwide. In addition to the original trilogy –  Promise of Blood (2013), The Crimson Campaign (2014) and The Autumn Republic (2015) – there have also been several short stories and novellas set in the same world, along with a second trilogy, titled Gods of Blood and Powder, which is set ten years after the events of the first, so there is plenty of material to work with.

“What struck me about talking with J.B. and Joe wasn’t just their professionalism, but their fandom,” commented McClellan. “They love the books, and that’s the biggest compliment an author can get. I’m absolutely thrilled that such a talented group will work to adapt Powder Mage to TV. I’m a huge admirer of Joe’s work, and I can’t wait to see what he does to bring this series to life.”

‘The Powder Mage’ is still only at the pilot stage right now, but we’ll let you know if and when it moves forward.