Looks like Hulu is diving head deep into the fantasy genre. It was announced today that Hulu has ordered a pilot for a TV adaptation of Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the series, Throne of Glass is a young adult fantasy series that is partially inspired by the tale of Cinderella, and focuses on the main character Celaena. She is an assassin who gets thrown into a contest by the king in order to win her freedom or she faces a lifetime in prison. The official synopsis for the first book in the series can is as follows:
In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, Celaena, an assassin, is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion.
The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass—and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.
Anna Forester, known for her work on Starz’s Outlander series and for her recent work on the new Underworld: Blood Wars movie, has been tapped to direct the pilot. Writer Kira Snyder will be writing the script for the pilot. She’s had some experience writing young adult stuff, having worked on The CW’s The 100 series.
There is no news yet as to when the pilot will premiere. However, should the series get picked up, you need to understand that it will not be viewed for free. As we reported about a month ago here, Hulu is ending their free streaming service. If you are interested in the series, you’ll need to sign up for a paid membership similar to streaming websites like Netflix and Amazon.
What do you think about this news? Have you read the Throne of Glass series before? How do you think Hulu’s change in streaming service will influence the success of the pilot? Let us know in the comments below.