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Sci Fi taps ‘Rings’ leader

Boyens to pen Le Guin's 'Earthsea' adventure

Philippa Boyens, one of the scribes on New Line Cinema’s upcoming “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, has been tapped to adapt the first three novels of the “Earthsea” saga by Ursula Le Guin as a six-hour, big-budget miniseries for the Sci Fi Channel.

The “Earthsea” saga tells of a fantasy world not unlike the one imagined by “LOTR” creator J. R. R. Tolkien. In “Earthsea,” a callow youth becomes a wizard’s apprentice and realizes that his fate may be far more important than he ever dreamed possible.

Lawrence Bender’s A Band Apart will produce the series. Kevin Brown, executive producer for television at Bender’s company, is overseeing the project with Sci Fi senior VP of original programming Ian Valentine.

Boyens, who is repped by ICM, made her debut as a screenwriter with the LOTR trilogy. She previously worked in theater as a playwright, teacher, producer and editor and served as director of the New Zealand Writers Guild.

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