Guy Gavriel Kay's Fionavar Tapestry series optioned for television

The production company behind Orphan Black has picked up the rights to the fantasy trilogy.
Guy Gavriel Kay's 1980s trilogy The Fionavar Tapestry is considered a "classic of modern fantasy." (Samantha Kidd)

Guy Gavriel Kay's Fionavar Tapestry series, which has sold over a million copies worldwide since being published in the 1980s, has been optioned for television by Temple Street, the Canadian production company behind the hit show Orphan Black. 

Kay's fantasy trilogy, comprised of The Summer Tree, The Wandering Fire and The Darkest Road, follows the journey of five men and women who are thrust into war after being lured to Fionavar — the first of all worlds — under false pretences.

The books draw from Celtic and Norse mythology, as well as the legend of King Arthur, and has been called "one of the classics of modern fantasy literature." It's been translated into over 25 languages.

"I know The Tapestry has had a powerful impact on readers — and on other writers — and that's part of why I've been careful with the rights. I'm excited and anticipate this adaptation will bring new people to Fionavar, while rewarding longstanding fans," said Kay in a news release.

"Guy's work is exhilarating and cathartic, and we can't wait to share this epic story with audiences around the world," said David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg, co-executive chairmen at Boat Rocker, Temple Street's parent company. "We're excited to start assembling the creative team to help realize our vision."


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