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Adaptation Watch: Ann Leckie’s ANCILLARY JUSTICE Optioned for TV

Author Ann Leckie announced on her blog that her first novel, Ancillary Justice, has been optioned for television!

Ancillary Justice is a story about Justice of Toren, who used to be a starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of corpse soldiers under service to the Radch empire, but who now appears on a remote, icy planet as a human soldier on a mission of revenge against the Lord of the Radch. The book explored themes of gender and swept the awards in recent months, winning the Hugo, Nebula, British Science Fiction, Locus and Arthur C. Clarke Awards. The sequel, Ancillary Sword, was released earlier this month.

The option for Ancillary Justice was purchased by the Fabrik production company and Fox Television Studios, who together produced Burn Notice and The Killing. Leckie says she worked closely with the production company to make sure that the show would remain true to its exploration of gender, to which she was assured it would not be “whitewashed”.

As Leckie notes, an option doesn’t necessarily mean the show will make it to production, but it’s an important first step. And not only is this good news for this specific title, but also for the genre at large because it means that Hollywood still sees speculative fiction as a viable source of good stories. But then again, when have they stopped?

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2 Comments on Adaptation Watch: Ann Leckie’s ANCILLARY JUSTICE Optioned for TV

  1. I’m glad she’s getting more money, but it just seems like a bad idea. Having it in a visual medium would make portraying a genderless society near impossible, at least to us gendered society dwellers.

  2. Joshua Corning // October 27, 2014 at 2:17 am //

    The gender bending of the novel is done through largely literary tricks ie bending use of gender nouns so gender of characters is ambiguous. No idea how they can do that on TV without it being contrived. What all the men are going to have shave their arms/face and cover their Adams apples and talk in higher pitched voices?

    I guess really good casting could pull it off…but if HBO can’t even cast actors for Game of thrones to be as tall as Ned and Cat Stark and portray them as their children i do not have high hopes.

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