Deadline is reporting that TNT is in early development on a TV adaptation of N.K. Jemisin’s Hugo Award-winning sci-fi fantasy novel The Fifth Season, which is being written by Leigh Dana Jackson (24: Legacy, Sleepy Hollow) with Dan Friedkin, Tim Kring and Justin Levy (All the Money in the World) serving as executive producers.
The first of a three book series, The Fifth Season is described as “an epic drama set in a world where civilization-destroying earthquakes occur with deadly regularity. A small minority of inhabitants has the ability to quiet these earthquakes, but they also can cause them. The series follows three women, each of whom possesses these special, Earth-controlling abilities: Damaya, a young girl training to serve the Empire; Syenite, an ambitious young woman ordered to breed with her bitter and frighteningly powerful mentor; and Essun, a mother searching for the husband who murdered her young son and kidnapped her daughter mere hours after a Season tore a fiery rift across the land.”
Jemison has won two consecutive Hugo Awards for The Fifth Season and its sequel The Obelisk Gate, becoming the first black writer to win the prestigious award. The third book in the series The Stone Sky was released this week.