With the proliferation of so many channels, streaming networks, and more to come, content is in super high demand. So, this means if you’ve written or directed a hit movie, your options are almost unlimited if you have a good idea. Take “Shadow and Bone” showrunner, executive producer and writer, Eric Heisserer. He wrote Denis Villeneuve‘s “Arrival,” and now he’s got the keys to his entire sci-fi fantasy show on Netflix based on a best-selling fantasy YA fantasy adventure series (and we know Netflix’s algorithm loves YA). Filmmaker Lee Toland Krieger directs the series (“The Vicious Kind,” “Celeste and Jesse Forever“) and executive produced by “Stranger Things” producers Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, Dan Cohen, and Josh Barry for 21 Laps Entertainment and Pouya Shahbazian (Loom Studios).
What’s it about? Well, they are based on Leigh Bardugo‘s worldwide bestselling Grishaverse novels, about dark forces that conspire against an orphan mapmaker when she unleashes an extraordinary power that could change the fate of her war-torn world.
The cast is huge: Jessie Mei Li (Alina Starkov), Archie Renaux (Malyen Oretsev), Freddy Carter (Kaz Brekker), Amita Suman (Inej), Kit Young (Jesper Fahey), Ben Barnes (General Kirigan), Sujaya Dasgupta (Zoya Nazyalensky), Danielle Galligan (Nina Zenik), Daisy Head (Genya Safin), Simon Sears (Ivan), Calahan Skogman (Matthias Helvar), Zoë Wanamaker (Baghra), Kevin Eldon (The Apparat), Julian Kostov (Fedyor), Luke Pasqualino (David), Jasmine Blackborow (Marie), and Gabrielle Brooks (Nadia).
Here’s the official synopsis:
Based on Leigh Bardugo’s worldwide bestselling Grishaverse novels, Shadow and Bone finds us in a war-torn world where lowly soldier and orphan Alina Starkov has just unleashed an extraordinary power that could be the key to setting her country free. With the monstrous threat of the Shadow Fold looming, Alina is torn from everything she knows to train as part of an elite army of magical soldiers known as Grisha. But as she struggles to hone her power, she finds that allies and enemies can be one and the same and that nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. There are dangerous forces at play, including a crew of charismatic criminals, and it will take more than magic to survive. Shadow and Bone is a Netflix production from 21 Laps Entertainment, starring Jessie Mei Li (Alina Starkov), Archie Renaux (Malyen Oretsev), Freddy Carter (Kaz Brekker), Amita Suman (Inej), Kit Young (Jesper Fahey), and Ben Barnes (General Kirigan).
Get ready to enter the Grishaverse, “Shadow and Bone” premieres on April 23, 2021, on Netflix.