Victoria Aveyard’s “Red Queen” to be adapted to series by Peacock

Victoria Aveyard and Beth Schwartz

Peacock is really killing the YA adaptation game — first their announcement of a Vampire Academy series, and now Red Queen!

For those of you who don’t know, Red Queen is a YA fantasy series consisting of four books (Red Queen, Glass Sword, King’s Cage, and War Storm), along with a companion compilation, Broken Throne.

What’s Red Queen , the book, about?

This is a world divided by blood—red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power. Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime. But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance—Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart. (via Goodreads)

Red Queen Film Adaptation (2015)

In 2015, it was announced that Red Queen was becoming a film, to be directed by Elizabeth Banks. After that, it was radio silence.

What will the Red Queen TV Show be about?

According to Variety, the synopsis is as follows:

“The one-hour drama is set in an alternate near-future America where democracy is replaced by a monarchy led by a group of humans with superpowers who rule with an iron fist over those without powers. Mare, a fiery young woman born to poverty without powers, is doing the best she can to survive and protect her family when she discovers the unthinkable: She somehow has powers too. This shocking discovery turns our world upside down and catapults our unlikely hero to become the face of a revolution for the oppressed while searching for the truth behind the greatest mystery of all…how she became so powerful in the first place.”

The author, Victoria Aveyard, co-wrote the pilot with Beth Schwartz; both are executive producing the project, with Schwartz also being the showrunner.

Elizabeth Banks will not only executive produce and direct, but she’ll also be appearing in a major supporting role. (My money’s on Queen Elara.)

I’ll be posting more updates as they become available – so make sure to check back on my blog soon!

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