Gerard Butler’s production company G-Base has acquired the rights to adapt Victoria Schwab’s stellar fantasy A Darker Shade of Magic for series development.
Schwab herself (adult pen name V.E. Schwab) will write the pilot, which revolves around a dimension-hopping blood magician and his ability to travel to multiple Londons.
From the magic-deprived Grey London to war-torn White London, flourishing Red London and long-lost Black London, Schwab’s series has everything from cross-dressing pirates to magical artifacts and a thrilling quest to save it all.
The project — produced by Butler, Alan Siegel and Danielle Robinson — is currently set to be a limited series.
Kell is one of the last Travelers-magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes, connected by one magical city.
There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, and with one mad king-George III. Red London, where life and magic are revered-and where Kell was raised alongside Rhys Maresh, the rougish heir to a flourishing empire. White London-a place where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London. But no one speaks of that now.
Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, ambassador of the Maresh empire, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.
Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.
Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.