A fantastic new series is being adapted for television, as Mercedes Lackey’s huge “Valdemar” series will join the likes of The wheel of time and The iron Throne on the small screen.
In an exclusive Deadline report, it was reported that the huge world of Valdemar, created by Mercedes Lackey and currently spanning 58 pounds, will be adapted for television. The adaptation is produced by Radar Pictures, with Kit Williamson, the creator of EastSiders and author Brittany Cavallaro, author of the Charlotte Holmes books, working to bring the books to life. The series will be produced by Ted Field with Anthony Tringali, Maria Frisk and Michael Napoliello as producers.
While Valdemar’s books span several thousand years in total, the first season will specifically adapt The Last Herald-Mage trilogy, originally published between 1989 and 1991 and consisting of Pawn of magic, The promise of magic, and Price of magic. The story centers on the son of the openly gay nobleman, Vanyel, who finds love and more when he is sent to the capital, Haven, to live with his aunt, the formidable Herald-Mage Savil.
Mercedes Lackey said this about the trilogy finally made to TV:
“I had hoped for decades that The Last Herald-Mage would be adapted for television. Now that Radar has chosen the trilogy, I’m almost breathless with excitement. I couldn’t have chosen a better organization to take charge of my work, and Kit and Bri, the producers, absolutely know both their work and the material. I like the fact that it’s a long series: episodic television gives history all the space it needs. I hope our fans will be as excited to see their favorite characters come to life as I am.
And the importance of adapting a fantasy series starring an openly gay protagonist is not lost on Williamson or Cavallaro:
“Vanyel in The Last Herald Mage was one of the first gay characters I met, and as a recently released 16-year-old I can’t stress enough the impact these books have had on me. The Valdemar series was way ahead of its time in portraying LGBTQ characters, and Lackey’s writing offered them a level of depth and complexity that is still very rare, especially in genre storytelling. Williamson said.
There are no further details given at this time on this adaptation of the Valdemar series, but I hope more details will come soon.