Netflix's upcoming live-action adaptation based on Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse book series, 'Shadow and Bone' is coming in April.
This article was recently reviewed and is up to date as of March 1, 2021.
Prepare for another magical flight as Netflix introduces its live-action take on Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse book series, 'Shadow and Bone'.
Primetime Emmy nominee Jeremy Webb, who is known for his work on 'Doctor Who,' 'The Umbrella Academy,' 'The Punisher,' and more, will be coming to help helm the series.
While 'Game of Thrones' and 'The Witcher' language creator David J. Peterson is also commissioned to create the fictional languages in the series.
Aside from the big names attached to the production (and an entirely new language to learn), here's what else we know about 'Shadow and Bone.'
Shadow and Bone' is set in a world divided by a massive barrier of eternal darkness, where monstrous creatures roam to devour human flesh.
The series follows Alina Starkov, a young soldier and a citizen of the Russia-inspired Kingdom of Ravka, who unexpectedly uncovers a power that might save her best friend and bring her country together.
As she starts to develop the newfound power, dangerous forces started coming after her, and General Kirigan seems to be her only ally.
Author Leigh Bardugo talked about what sets 'Shadow and Bone' apart from other series.
“Shadow and Bone takes place in a very different kind of fantasy world. Think Imperial Russia, not Medieval England, repeating rifles instead of broadswords," the author said via Collider.
'Shadow and Bone' will be adapting the two overlapping series: 'Shadow and Bone' and 'Six of Crows' from Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse.
However, the Netflix series won't be a faithful adaptation of the book, albeit in a good way.
“The show will be radically different from the books. But in the most amazing way. Will be pretty much a high budget fan fiction,” author Leigh Bardugo revealed.
In a recent interview, Bardugo gave more details about the creative process:
“We’ve taken the stories of Shadow and Bone and the characters of Six of Crows, and we’ve brought them together in what I think will be a really unexpected way. Eric and our writers’ room and our directors have built something entirely new that still somehow stays true to the characters and to the heart of the stories.”
Showrunner Eric Heisserer revealed how it's going to work back in December:
“The books are all set chronologically, so we technically don’t get to events in the Six of Crows books until after the Shadow and Bone books have ended. So what Leigh [Bardugo] and I had to do was essentially invent prequel stories for the key Six of Crows characters this season — Kaz, Inej, and Jesper — to fit alongside what is happening in the Shadow and Bone storyline. That’s been the heavy lifting,” Heissere said via Yahoo.
'Shadow and Bone' will officially premiere on Netflix on April 23, 2021.
"There are dangerous forces and powerful magic at play in the world of Shadow and Bone. Enter the world of the Grishaverse on April 23, 2021," Netflix announced.
The series will debut with eight episodes directed by Mairzee Almas, Lee Toland Krieger, Dan Liu, Jeremy Webb and Eric Heisserer.
There are dangerous forces and powerful magic at play in the world of Shadow and Bone. Enter the world of the Grishaverse on April 23, 2021— NX (@NXOnNetflix) January 27, 2021
The series has wrapped up filming as of February 2020, just before Coronavirus shutdown productions worldwide.
On September 28th, 2020, the “Vancouver unit” returned to do some additional photography, which lasted until October 9th, 2020.
The series is currently under post-production.
Here is the confirmed cast list courtesy of Variety.
Jessie Mei Li as Alina Starkov, Ben Barnes as General Kirigan aka The Darkling, Freddy Carter as Kaz Brekker aka Dirtyhands, Archie Renaux as Malyen Oretsev, and Kit Young as Jesper Fahey.
We also have Calahan Skogman as Matthias Helvar, Danielle Galligan as Nina Zenik, Amita Suman as Inej Ghafa, Sujaya Dasgupta as Zoya Nazyalensky, and Daisy Head as Genya Safin.
There is no official trailer yet as of this writing, but we already have a teaser trailer released last month. We will leave you with this for now. Don't worry, we are pretty sure that Netflix will drop the official trailer very soon as the release date is coming close.
We will update this space right ahead once we get the official trailer.