Canada's Omnifilm Entertainment Options Latest Nora Roberts Book Trilogy (Exclusive)
'Lost Girl' executive producer Emily Andras is on board for a 'Blood Magick' TV adaptation.
More best-selling romance novels by Nora Roberts are headed to television.
Canadian indie producer Omnifilm Entertainment has optioned Roberts' latest trilogy of novels — Dark Witch, Shadow Spell and Blood Magick — and is developing a supernatural TV drama adaptation entitled Blood Magick.
Vancouver-based Omnifilm has also hired Paulo de Oliveira, mostly recently co-executive producer on Starz' Outlander series, as its new senior vp scripted development and executive producer, based in Los Angeles and San Francisco, with Blood Magick as his first assignment.
Emily Andras, executive producer of Syfy's Lost Girl drama, is on board to the write the TV adaptation and showrun the series. Set in Ireland, the genre project will feature sorcerer cousins Iona, Branna and Connor OʼDwyer as they face off against the ancient evil of the dark sorcerer Cabhan.
De Oliveira told The Hollywood Reporter that, like Starz' epic Outlander series, which is set to return with another eight episodes in April 2015, the Blood Magick drama will follow closely to the book series. The Omnifilm project is being structured as a Canada/Irish co-production, likely to be shot in Ireland and then posted and finished back in Canada.
The Blood Magick drama has not yet been cast, but the producers are looking to Roberts' worldwide fan base to secure a wide audience for the project. "Nora Roberts has millions of fans, and when it (Blood Magick) comes to the TV screen, lots of viewers will be familiar with the books and have their favorites and opinions," said Brian Hamilton, a partner and executive producer at Omnifilm, on Tuesday.
Andras, Hamilton and fellow Omnifilm executive producer Gabriela Schonbach will shortly start pitching the latest TV adaptations of Roberts' romance novels to international broadcasters. Lifetime in 2009 debuted TV movies based on four of Roberts' earlier books, including Tribute, which starred Brittany Murphy; High Noon, starring Emilie de Ravin and Cybill Shepherd; and Midnight Bayou and Northern Lights.
Those telefilms were sold widely internationally by Tandem Communications. Hamilton, Andras, de Oliveira, Schonbach and Michael Chechik will executive produce Blood Magick.
Roberts is repped by UTA, while Andras is repped by the Alpern Group. Omnifilm, whose recent credits include Arctic Air, which starred Adam Beach, also has a representation deal with Anonymous Content.