A Discovery of Witches is an amazing book – one that we love whole heartedly. Deb Harkness wrote a book that makes you unable to look away and drives you to keep flipping the pages. Which extends to the other two amazing books in the series: The second novel, Shadow Of Night, published in 2012 followed by The Book Of Life in 2014.
The book has sold 3.5M copies around the world and celebrated its fifth anniversary yesterday, February 8th. Bad Wolf production shingle has acquired TV rights and is developing a drama based on the books. The production company hopes to adapt all three books.
Any Whovians side-eyeing that production company’s name has got the right of it. Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner — the former BBC executives responsible for “Doctor Who,” “Torchwood” and “Da Vinci’s Demons” — have launched U.K./U.S. production company Bad Wolf to produce high-end TV and film for the global television market. Tranter and Gardner were at the helm of the BBC’s drama division until 2008, and together with Russell T. Davies they relaunched “Doctor Who” and created “Torchwood” a decade ago.
Warner Bros. had the film rights but let the option lapse. Deadline is reporting that all rights reverted back to Harkness and she refused to discuss adaptations again, at least not until she completed the trilogy in book form. Which makes a whole lot of sense since she has agreed to write some of the episodes for the series herself. Harkness and her co-writer on the series, Ashley Pharaoh will also share executive producer titles.
Would you rather see A Discovery of Witches as a TV show or a movie?