Netflix Orders Fantasy Series from 'Bird Box,' 'Arrival' Writer

The eight-episode 'Shadow and Bone' is based on two sets of novels by author Leigh Bardugo.
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Leigh Bardugo (left), Eric Heisserer

Netflix's heavy push into genre programming has netted another series order, this time for fantasy series Shadow and Bone.

Based on the "Grishaverse" novels by author Leigh Bardugo, Shadow and Bone will be adapted by Bird Box and Arrival writer Eric Heisserer. The eight-episode series is set in a world divided in two by a massive barrier of perpetual darkness that hides monsters who feast on human flesh.

The lead character is a young soldier who discovers she has a power that could unite her country, but dangerous forces plot against her. The series will incorporate elements from Bardugo's Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows novels, which are set in a shared world populated by Grisha, people with supernatural abilities.

Bardugo's books have sold more than 2.5 million copies and have been translated into 38 languages, giving them an international reach fitting for Netflix's global business.

Heisserer, whose Bird Box script helped make the film a huge draw for Netflix audiences, will be the showrunner. He will executive produce with Bardugo, Pouya Shahbazian of New Leaf Literary & Media and Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, Dan Cohen and Josh Barry of 21 Laps. Heisserer previously worked with 21 Laps on Arrival, which earned eight Oscar nominations, including one for Heisserer's screenplay.

The streaming service has made a concerted effort to expand its genre programming of late. Netflix has made a big commitment to Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and has numerous sci-fi, fantasy and horror shows in the pipeline, including The One, The Witcher and a Dark Crystal prequel.