TV adaption of Neil Gaiman’s Interworld in development
It was announced earlier today by Entertainment Weekly that Universal Cable Productions, a studio owned by NBCUniversal, will adapt Neil Gaiman’s novel InterWorld into a TV series. This is not the author’s only work being adapted for the small screen, as his novel American God’s currently in production as a Starz original series. InterWorld is to be overseen by Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller and his producing partner Flody Suarez.
InterWorld is a popular young adult novel published in 2007 by EOS from Gaiman and author Michael Reeves. The novel tells the story of Joey Harker, a very average kid who discovers that his world is only one of a trillion alternate earths. Some of these earths are ruled by magic. Some are ruled by science. All are at war. Joey teams up with alternate versions of himself from an array of these worlds. Together, the army of Joeys must battle evil magicians Lord Dogknife and Lady Indigo to keep the balance of power between all the earth’s stable.
Nothing more is know about the project at this time, including how closely it will follow the source material. However, there is certainly no shortage of content to work with, as a second InterWorld book, titled The Silver Dream, was released in 2013. A third and the final book in the series, titled Eternity’s Wheel, was released in 2015.
Gaiman is no stranger to film and television, as he’s been involved in the following projects: He wrote the screenplay for the original BBC TV series of Neverwhere (1996); Dave McKean’s first feature film, Mirrormask (2005), for the Jim Henson Company; and cowrote the script to Robert Zemeckis’s Beowulf. He produced Stardust, Matthew Vaughn’s film based on Gaiman’s book by the same name. He has written and directed two films: A Short Film About John Bolton (2002) and Sky Television’s Statuesque (2009) starring Bill Nighy and Amanda Palmer. An animated feature film based on Gaiman’s Coraline, directed by Henry Selick and released in early 2009, secured a BAFTA for Best Animated Film and was nominated for an Oscar in the same category. Gaiman’s 2011 episode of Doctor Who, “The Doctor’s Wife,” caused the Times to describe him as “a hero.”
Several attempts have been made to adapt Gaiman’s The Sandman comic book series for both the big and small screen. Unfortunately, the project has yet to see the light of day.
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