An adaptation of Birds of Prey, the bestselling novel by author Wilbur Smith, is set to hit our small screens. Deadline is reporting that FremantleMedia is joining forces with the UK’s Corona Pictures for the drama/adventure series.
J.J. Connolly, who previously adapted his own novel with the Daniel Craig-starring gangster film Layer Cake, has been chosen to pen the book’s adaptation. Birds of Prey is the first novel in the 3-book Courtney Family Adventures series, followed by Monsoon and Blue Horizon.
The books tell the story “of the eponymous family as they battle to secure the clan’s fortunes in a place where sea-faring empires, privateers, wild animals and settled African tribes and nations fight it out for control of the land and its treasures.” The series will begin in 1667, as the family, led by 17-year-old protagonist Hal, lands in Africa.
Rupert Jermyn and Richard Johns, co-founders of Corona Pictures, are set to produce the series. Talks are being had with international broadcasters, with a plan to lock in an initial 13-episode season. The series, which is planned to be partially shot in South Africa, will have a cast mostly “sourced from the UK.”
What does Smith himself think of Connolly as the lead writer on the project? Well, he stated that the writer was “an inspired choice” to help “satisfy my fans who have been clamouring to see the Courtney saga dramatized for many years.” That should provide some confidence for fans of Smith’s series.