Cult TV superstar Eliza Dushku (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Dollhouse) is set to return to genre playing a dark sorceress called The Lady in a TV series based on Glen Cook’s 10-part fantasy book series The Black Company.
According to Deadline, IM Global Television is developing The Black Company along with Eliza Dushku’s Boston Diva Productions and David Goyer’s Phantom Four.
The series follows the exploits of the Black Company, an elite mercenary unit in a Tolkien-style fantasy land that carries out the often nefarious deeds of the highest bidder. The Lady (Dushku), who rules over the Northern Empire, uses the Black Company to further her domination of a power structure rife with usurpers. But when they learn that a prophecy about the embodiment of good being reborn has come true, they start to re-examine their loyalties.
Goyer (the Dark Knight trilogy, Da Vinci’s Demons, Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of A Shared Universe) will executive produce along with Kevin Turen (Birth Of A Nation, All Is Lost, Arbitrage), Eliza Dushku, and Nate Dushku.
“Glen Cook’s books turn the traditional fantasy adventure tropes on their ear with wry, dimensional characters and a modern sensibility,” says IM Global Television President Mark Stern. “We’re excited to explore this intricate and exciting world for television with David, Kevin and Eliza.”
“The Black Company is vast in scope yet remains fundamentally relevant through the morally ambiguous choices it presents at every turn,” adds Dushku. “We are excited to bring Glen Cook’s classic story to life with Mark and David, luminaries in the cinematic pursuit of science fiction and epic fantasy, who will inevitably assemble poignant characters embroiled in jaw-dropping action.”