Ann Leckie has got to be riding on top of the world right now. Her debut novel, Ancillary Justice, not only gained critical and popular success, but it won the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and the Arthur C. Clarke Award for best novel and tied for a BSFA Award, and has generated huge amounts of buzz, including here at LitStack. Her follow up novel, Ancillary Sword, was just released this month and is also getting rave reviews.
And now it has been announced that Ancillary Justice has been optioned for television. Ms. Leckie shared on her blog that she is in talks with production company Fabrik and Fox Television Studios, which already had partnered on the USA network show “Burn Notice” and for four seasons on “The Killing” for AMC and Netflix, to bring Ancillary Justice to the small screen. Or, screens, as it were.
Ms. Leckie tempered her announcement with the caution that just because something is optioned for television doesn’t mean it will end up being picked up and developed, but it’s a first step. And she also shared that she was very pleased with Fabrik’s response to her concerns about staying true to the grist of the novel (such as, specifically, the treatment of gender – a key concept in the book which would be very difficult to get across in a TV show without a concerted commitment from all involved… those of you who have read the novel will understand).
So while this announcement heralds only the first step, it sure sounds like it’s a step in the right direction! Exciting news, indeed!