Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Scott Lynch's GENTLEMAN BASTARD series optioned for film

Scott Lynch's Gentleman Bastard series has been optioned for film by Phoenix Pictures, it has been announced.

Lynch's Gentleman Bastard series got off to a roaring start with The Lies of Locke Lamora in 2006. Since then, two more books have been published: Red Seas Under Red Skies (2007) and The Republic of Thieves (2013). Four more books in the series are projected, with The Thorn of Emberlain having been delayed several times but hoped for release in late 2019 or early 2020.

Phoenix Pictures have produced a number of notable movies over the years, including The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996), Apt Pupil (1998), The Thin Red Line (1998), Shutter Island (2010) and Black Swan (2010).

This is only an option and there is no major studio involvement, but this is a solid first step to getting the books on screen. It'll be interesting to see how this develops.


asty said...

Awesome! Love the Gentlemen Bastards. On a related note, do you have any info as to whether Matt Stover's Acts of Caine has ever been optioned? Criminally underrated :(

insurrbution said...

There should be a rule against adapting any series until they are completed.

Jens said...

I really don't understand this. Why are all these half-finished series optioned?
There's so much good material out there that is finished.
In some cases, it went well, like Harry Potter; it seems to go fine withe The Expanse. But as we all know, the timing of the adaptation of Martin's ASoIaF was disastrous.
So, instead of learning from that, studios go to Rothfuss and now Lynch?
Hey, studios, if you listen, I have a hot tip for you: pick up OSC's Master Alvin series or better yet Rawn's Exiles "trilogy".

Adam Whitehead said...

The Exiles Trilogy which is also incomplete and very unlikely to ever be completed?

Ghost said...

I'm not sure about this. If they follow the books, then there will be time jumps and that's a little hit and miss on screen. Especially when the 'past' is far more interesting than the 'present'. I'll give it a chance but I'm not holding my breath.
BTW; I do hope Hollywood goes after The Legend of Eli Monpress and The Long War next. Both are finished and Eli Monpress just NEED to be on screen.

Jens said...

I was being sarcastic. That's why I "recommended" Orson Scott Card's Master Alvin series and the Exiles trilogy. The former's concluding volume has been "forthcoming" for 15 years; and the second volume of Exiles was published over 20 years ago.

Like I said, I don't understand why series are produced (or even optioned) before they are finished, or at least nearly finished.

I very happy for Lynch, he seems to be a great guy. But I don't see any way that he'll write the planned remaining four novels in time for the adaptation to catch up.
Rothfuss doesn't seem to be much further in writing Doors of Stone than five years ago. The planned adaptation may very well catch up with the published material.
And Game of Thrones has caught up with the novels quite a while and the result wasn't good.

Anonymous said...

I'm with Jens. This is getting ridiculous. It's almost like Hollywood doesn't even consider whether a series is ever likely to be finished, but only look at the numbers sold. Why not a Mistborn adaptation or something like that?

Anonymous said...

One series title comes to mind that may never be finished because the author's children keep adding to it but at last count I think there were 22 books to work from. Dragonriders of Pern could be done visually starting from Dragons Dawn through All the Weyrs of Pern (not necessarily in Pern chronology order).

Ruryk Hrodjier said...

I am really excited for this!!! These books are so funny and awesome, very colorful, scott lynch is a master, and everything in theaters or just out right now is lame, a downhill of remakes and BS THE GENTLEMAN BASTARDS SEQUENCE will bring what we want out of movies.

Anonymous said...

"oh, it needs to be finished"

Lies was in and of itself a complete story. Tied up neatly with a bow. Prime movie gold.