Uma Thurman was originally planning to adapt environmental sci-fi thriller novel The Swarm into a feature film with screenwriter Ted Tally (The Silence of the Lambs). That never happened but today we have word the book is finally making it’s way to the screen.
This time Deadline reports Game of Thrones exec producer Frank Doelger will adapt the novel into an eight-part big-budget series for German broadcaster ZDF. The project is the first from Doelger’s Intaglio Films.
The Swarm author Frank Schaetzing said, “The question about a possible film adaptation of The Swarm was the one I was most frequently asked about. Every time my answer was: deadlock. Who would have thought that the ideal team would come together after all, that visionary TV producers and pro-players including Game of Thrones creative force Frank Doelger would come on board to steer this large-scale international TV series, which is the strongest narrative form one could adapt an adventure like The Swarm into. It’s full steam ahead from now on. I’m very excited and looking forward to this collaboration.”
Doelger added, “After having spent eight seasons in the mythical world of Game of Thrones, it is great to return to the present with The Swarm and its searing exploration of the impending doom brought about by man’s callous disregard of the oceans, a doomsday scenario as dire as anything imagined by George R.R. Martin.”
Doelger, Schaetzing and Eric Welbers will executive produce the new series which will begin production in 2019. Are you excited? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!
The Swarm is a global environmental thriller set in a present day where anomalies and unnatural behavior in marine animals are causing upheaval all over the world. Millions of strange worms suddenly appear on the bottom of the North Sea, drilling their way through frozen methane, threatening to destabilize the entire continental shelf. Swarms of mussels stop large vessels from maneuvering. Toxic jellyfish, lobsters, and whales start attacking human beings along the coasts of the world. It follows a global group of scientists and military who come together to tackle one of the biggest challenges mankind has ever faced. They make the chilling discovery that we are not the only intelligent species on this planet – and that deep down at the bottom of the sea resides a collective intelligence which has suffered the ravages of civilization on its habitat and decided to fight back.