There’s a new fantasy series being adapted for televsion as Mercedes Lackey’s huge “Valdemar” series hits the small screen alongside The Wheel of Time and Game of Thrones.
An exclusive report from Deadline reported that the vast world of Valdemar, created by Mercedes Lackey and currently comprising 58 books, is being adapted for television. The adaptation is being carried out by Radar Pictures, with Kit Williamson, creator of EastSiders and writer Brittany Cavallaro, author of the Charlotte Holmes books, working to bring the books to life. The series is produced by Ted Field as executive producer, with Anthony Tringali, Maria Frisk and Michael Napoliello serving as producers.
While the Valdemar books span several thousand years in total, the first season will specifically adapt the The Last Herald-Mage trilogy, which was originally published between 1989 and 1991 and consists of Magic’s Pawn, Magic’s Promise, and Magic’s Price. The story revolves around the openly gay noble son 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 of the final TV adaptation of the trilogy:
“For decades I hoped that The Last Herald-Mage would be adapted for television. Now that Radar has chosen the trilogy, I’m almost out of breath with excitement. I couldn’t have chosen a better organization to take my work in hand and Kit and Bri, the producers, absolutely know their stuff as well as the material. I love the fact that this is going to be a long-form series: episode television gives the story space. I hope our fans will be as excited to bring their favorite characters to life as I am. “
And how important it is to adapt a fantasy series with an openly gay protagonist has not escaped Williamson or Cavallaro:
“Vanyel on The Last Herald Mage series was one of the first gay characters I met, and as a 16-year-old who has just quit, I can’t stress enough the influence these books had on me. The Valdemar series was way ahead of its time in portraying LGBTQ characters, and Lackey’s writing gave them a depth and complexity that is still very rare, especially in the storytelling genre, “said Williamson.
There are currently no further details on this adaptation of the Valdemar series, but hopefully more details will follow soon.