Author Tosca Lee‘s supernatural-thriller novel The Progeny will be getting a television series adaptation through Edward Burns’ (Public Morals) Marlboro Road Gang Productions and Radar Pictures. Burns and his producing partner Aaron Lubin will executive produce alongside Radar’s Ted Field, Michael Napoliello, Mike Weber and producer Maria Frisk. No writer was named at the time of announcement and a search is still underway.
Published in 2016 as the first book in the Descendants of the House of Bathory series (with 2017’s Firstborn serving as the follow-up novel), The Progeny offers a rather unique take on the life and history of Elizabeth Báthory, the 16th-century countess known as the world’s most notorious female serial killer. Here’s how book publisher Howard Books describes the novel (though it would seem that for some reason, “Emily Jacobs” is being renamed “Audra”):
“Emily Jacobs is the descendant of a serial killer. Now, she’s become the hunted.
She’s on a quest that will take her to the secret underground of Europe and the inner circles of three ancient orders—one determined to kill her, one devoted to keeping her alive, and one she must ultimately save.
Filled with adrenaline, romance, and reversals, The Progeny is the present-day saga of a 400-year-old war between the uncanny descendants of “Blood Countess” Elizabeth Bathory, the most prolific female serial killer of all time, and a secret society dedicated to erasing every one of her descendants. A story about the search for self filled with centuries-old intrigues against the backdrop of atrocity and hope.”
Interestingly enough, Báthory is also the subject of a series being developed at CBS from David Eick (Battlestar Galactica) and famed producer Joel Silver.
Burns and Radar recently teamed on Gang Leader For A Day, an adaptation of Sudhir Venkatesh’s best-selling memoir now in development at AMC with Burns co-starring and serving as executive producer Ben Watkins is set to write the pilot and expected to serve as series showrunner. Marlboro Road Gang is currently finishing production on Burns’ coming-of-age ensemble comedy Summertime; and Radar Pictures is currently in post-production on the Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson/Kevin Hart starrer Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and the Jon Hamm‘s High Wire Act, as well as developing The Wheel of Time series through Sony Pictures Television.
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