Deadline is reporting that Ian McDonald’s soon-to-be-released novel Luna: New Moon, has already been optioned by CBS Television Studios after a “fiercely contested auction” with “multiple big name bidders” (as per the Zeno Agency). Showrunner Shane Brennan (NCIS: Los Angeles) is also set to write the pilot and produce the series, which is being touted as a major television event. Ian McDonald will serve as one of the Executive Producers. McDonald, an established British author with 18 novels and 3 story collections under his belt — including Desolation Road, River Of Gods, Brasyl and the Planesrunner series — also has experience in the television industry.
Luna: New Moon, the first book in a new science fiction duology, publishes on September 22nd from Tor Books (in the U.S.) and Gollancz (in the U.K.). It takes place a century from now, about fifty years after the moon has been colonized by five powerful corporations called The Five Dragons. The Five Dragons are fierce rivals, each vying for control over the Moon and its feudalistic lunar society. The point-of-view character is Adriana Corta, one of the corporations’ matriarchs who fought for her family’s new status. Now, nearing the end of her life, Adriana must ensure the survival of her legacy, which includes her five children on whom it falls to defend their mother’s empire.