George R.R. Martin’s Favorite Book Set to Become a TV Series From Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert and George R.R. Martin in front of The Chronicles of Amber cover.

The Chronicles of Amber, George R.R. Martin’s favorite fantasy series, gets tapped for a TV adaptation from Stephen Colbert’s production company.

Game of Thrones author and screenwriter George R.R Martin’s favorite book series is going to be made into a television show with the help of comedian Stephen Colbert.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Chronicles of Amber, by Roger Zelazny, is one of Martin’s most beloved books and will soon be a drama series. Colbert’s production company, Spartina, has partnered with Skybound Entertainment and Vincent Newman Entertainment to bring this ambitious project to life. Notably, Martin was close friends with Zelazny, who passed away in 1995 and has mentioned in several interviews that his fantasy novels deserve to be adapted on screen.

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Chronicles of Amber Fan George R.R. Martin

In October 2022, Martin took to his blog to share his feelings about the novels coming to life. “I am a fantasy fan, and I want more fantasy on television… Most of all, I want Roger Zelazny’s Nine Princes in Amber”, the author wrote. “I will never understand why Corwin and his siblings are not starring in their own show. And hey, if epic fantasy continues to do well, maybe we will finally get that. A boy can dream,” he continued.

Colbert seems to be aware that Martin is a fan of the series and noted that they both have “similar dreams.” “I’ve carried the story of Corwin in my head for over 40 years, and I’m thrilled to partner with Skybound and Vincent Newman to bring these worlds to life. All roads lead to Amber, and I’m happy to be walking them,” Colbert shared. For now, Martin is not involved in the project in any way.

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Chronicles of Amber’s Television Adaptation

David Alpert, CEO, Skybound Entertainment expressed his joy about adapting the book series for television and released a statement saying, “Adapting one of my favorite book series of all time is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. Producing it alongside someone like Stephen Colbert, who is a true-blue super fan, is a thrill for me, and will be for anyone who’s ever listened to Stephen talk about fantasy. We can’t wait to share this amazing story both with the legion of current fans like ourselves and a new generation of fans that will undoubtedly fall for Amber.”

The upcoming television series does not currently have a writer, but reports suggest that the production team is set to find one soon. While there’s no distributor attached to the project either, Spartina has a first-look deal with CBS Studios. Interestingly, Skybound first started working on this project in 2016 with The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman.

The Chronicles of Amber, first published in 1970, follows Corwin, who has the ability to travel through different dimensions of reality and rules over the world of Amber. Spanning ten books, the series has sold more than fifteen million copies globally. The author, Zelazny, passed away due to cancer back in 1995 at the age of 58, leaving behind a beloved legacy of works.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter


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