9:30am PT by Rick Porter
Range Media Partners, Legendary TV Nab Ken Follett's 'The Evening and the Morning'
Range Media Partners has staked out its first TV project.
The seven-month-old company is partnering with Legendary Television to develop and co-finance a series based on best-selling author Ken Follett's novel The Evening and the Morning. The two companies outbid several other suitors to option rights to the book.
"Ken Follett is one of the great authors of our time — and The Evening and the Morning is exactly why," said Range Media Partners co-founding partner Michael Cooper. "Its power and beauty and brutality and humanity all swirl together in the most immersive ways. It’s a beautiful book for this medium. Range is honored to partner with Legendary to bring this stunning book to life."
The Evening and the Morning is a prequel to Follett's award-winning The Pillars of the Earth and is set in England circa 997 C.E., at the end of the Dark Ages. England is facing attacks from the Welsh in the west and Vikings from the East, while those in power bend justice to their will, disregarding ordinary people and often coming into conflict with the king.
The story centers on three characters — a young boat builder, a Norman noblewoman and a monk — who all come into conflict with a clever bishop who will do anything to increase his wealth and power. The book was published in September 2020 and quickly became a bestseller.
"The opportunity to work with our friends at Range Media Partners on such an exciting property from a prestigious author such as Ken Follett is a huge win for us at Legendary," said Legendary TV chief Chris Albrecht.
Added Follett, "I look forward eagerly to the development of The Evening and the Morning as a television series, and I’m delighted that my story is in such good hands."
Range Media Partners, founded in September 2020 by agents from CAA, WME and UTA, has signed a host of clients and struck a deal with the company that controls author Michael Crichton's archive for development of film and TV projects.
The Pillars of the Earth was adapted as a limited series that debuted on Starz in July 2010 (Albrecht headed the premium cable outlet at that time, though the series was greenlit under a prior regime). It earned seven Emmy nominations, including one for best miniseries or movie. Follow-up World Without End aired on Reelz in 2012. Both were produced by Germany's Tandem Communications and Ridley Scott's Scott Free; Muse Entertainment also produced The Pillars of the Earth.
Follett is repped by CAA.