By Mbuthia Bashir
With the final season of Game of Thrones slated for 2019, fans can’t help but wonder if any series will come to eclipse the fantasy epic based on George R. R. Martin’s best-selling novels.
Game of Thrones has spawned a large fan-base over its seven season stint at Home Box Office (HBO) and this is largely due to good story-telling, exceptional scripts, very good Computer Generated Imagery (yes, am talking about the Dragons), explosive battle scenes and a fine gathering of world class actors such as Kit Harrington, Lena Headey and Peter Dinklage.
If GoT has proved anything, it’s that fantasy epics bring plenty in returns. As such, a number of classic fantasy epics and novels will be coming to television thanks to the power of streaming services like Amazon, Netflix and Crackle.
So here are 6 fantasy epics set to hit your screen in the near future.
The Lord of The Rings
The show is based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s trilogy of novels. The novels tell an epic tale of four Hobbits, a Wizard, an Elf, two Men and a Dwarf attempting to destroy the Dark Lord Sauron’s master weapon without letting him discover their plan.
As such a war across most of Middle-earth ensues. However, the series is set to be a prequel to the Lord of the Rings films.
Amazon has reportedly signed a $250 million deal to spearhead the project. Even though the release date and cast are yet to be announced, the show is scheduled to run for five seasons; setting it up to be the most expensive television show ever made.
Good Omens is based on the 1990 novel by the late Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. Set in a world where biblical legends are true, the keeper of the east gate of Heaven and the Serpent from the Garden of Eden unite to prevent the apocalypse as they’ve come to enjoy their appealing lives in the United Kingdom.
Amazon and BBC will have rights to air the television show. The official release date is still to be decided but if American Gods (a TV series adapted from Neil Gaiman’s novel) is anything to go by, the show will prove to be a hit among fans.
His Dark Materials
The show will be adapted from Philip Pullman’s trilogy of books. The books center around two children journeying across parallel worlds, where they encounter talking armored bears, other mystical creatures and our world as well.
The five season series will air on BBC in late 2019. The show is currently shooting in Wales and the Arctic. The first season will be based on Pullman’s first novel installment Northern Lights.
The other seasons will derive inspiration from Pullman’s second and third novel installments, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Glass respectively
The Wheel of Time
The series will be adapted from James Oliver Rigney volumes of novels under his pen name, Robert Jordan. Initially only six volumes were to be published but fourteen volumes were spanned before the author’s demise.
Set in a world that is both Earth’s distant past and far future, the cycle of time is threatened by a Shadow of ultimate evil. It searches for “The Dragon Reborn,” a being of light fated to clash with the Shadow.
Various enemies and allies of both sides appear as the main characters learn more about their fate and even cross into parallel worlds. Once Sony and Amazon decide on who will run the project, the show will start shooting in late 2019.
This is an upcoming American drama based on a book of the same name written by Tom Wheeler and illustrated by Frank Miller of the 300 franchise.
Both of them are assigned to the project as executive producers. The show will retell the story of King Arthur through the eyes of Nimue (the woman destined to be the lady of the lake) as she journeys to deliver a sword to the wizard Merlin.
Accompanying her is a young mercenary named Arthur. The show will be a ten-part series set to premiere on Netflix in 2019.
The Dark Tower
The final entry on our list draws inspiration from Stephen King’s flagship fantasy series The Dark Tower.
Across eight novels, a number of short stories and numerous connections to his other writings, the series details the journey of gunslinger Roland (played by Idris Elba) and his band of friends as they attempt to reach the Dark Tower which is the anchor point of the multi-verse before the Man in Black can destroy it.
Filming started in late 2017 and a 2018 release date is imminent on Amazon.