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Lady-Led C. J. Cherryh Science Fantasy Series Might Get Its Own Movie(s)

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The Morgaine Stories, or Cycle (Gate of Ivrel, Well of Shiuan, and Fires of Azeroth) are one of those genre fiction series that are hard to classify. If it’s full of fantasy tropes and low-technology societies, is it fantasy? If much of its “magic” is really just incredibly complex technology, is it science fiction? Either way, it features a sword wielding heroine time cop from a line of now extinct time cops and her faithful vassal traveling through time and space to keep time travel out of dangerous hands, so I can buy into that. Frankly a movie adaptation does not seem likely, but I’m willing to entertain the idea long enough to tell you about it.

Variety reports that Aaron Magnani, whose producer credits consist of Iron Doors and 18 Wheel Butterfly, has optioned C. J. Cherryh‘s books for film, with Peter Arneson, whose IMDB page has a single lonely entry for Iron Doors.

The plan is to start a possible franchise titled “The Gates of Morgaine.”

…Arneson has already penned the screenplay for the first novel, “The Gates of Morgaine: Ivrel,” which Magnani has also optioned. He will produce through his Water Bear-Aaron Magnani Prods., alongside Duck Kolenik.

Godspeed, gentlemen. Fun fact: even after running up against the universal assumption that fantasy books with a woman’s name on the cover don’t sell, Carolyn Janice Cherry’s first editor decided that C. J. Cherry sounded too much like a romance novelist, so Cherry appended a silent h on the end of her name.

(via Variety.)

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