The late-night host will serve as executive producer for the show, based on prolific sci-fi and fantasy author Roger Zelazny's 10 book series about a royal family with the ability to travel through different dimensions of reality, who rule over the one true world: Amber.
An iconic fantasy series adaptation may soon be coming to a small screen near you! Stephen Colbert (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Our Cartoon President) has joined the team developing The Chronicles of Amber, a TV series based on the set of 10 beloved novels by prolific fantasy and sci-fi author Roger Zelazny.
The Chronicles series is said to have influenced George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones saga, which comes as no surprise as one of Zelazny’s novels is literally titled Lord of Light. That can’t be a coincidence. Commenting on the muse-like powers of the novels, Colbert told Variety, “George R.R. Martin and I 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.”
“The Chronicles of Amber” follows the adventures of Corwin, who awakens “on Earth with no memory, but soon finds he is a prince of a royal family with the ability to travel through different dimensions of reality (called ‘shadows’) and rules over the one true world, Amber.”
“Adapting one of my favorite book series of all time is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream,” said David Alpert, CEO, Skybound Entertainment. “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.”
While Colbert is set to executive produce under his Spartina banner alongside developers Skybound Entertainment and Vincent Newman Entertainment (VNE), no writer, VFX team, or network has been named for the series. Spartina is currently under a first-look deal with CBS Studios, so the network may become the official host of Chronicles (if the execs are smart).
“Having Stephen Colbert and his Spartina team join our cause is both a privilege and a thrill,” said Newman. “Stephen, Spartina and the good folks at Skybound are as true of fans of Amber as they are prolific storytellers. I couldn’t ask for a better dream team of partners as we bring the Amber universe to audiences around the globe.”
Colbert executive produces with Carrie Byalick, Evelyn McGee Colbert, and Tom Purcell. Robert Kirkman, Alpert, and Rick Jacobs executive produce for Skybound, with Newman executive producing for VNE.