‘Chronicles of Ara’ Miniseries in the Works at Ovation (EXCLUSIVE)

The Chronicles of Ara: Creation
Courtesy of Incorgnito Publishing Press

Ovation TV is continuing its push into original content, as Variety has exclusively learned that the arts-focused cabler has inked a development deal with fantasy novelists Joel Eisenberg and Steve Hillard.

The comprehensive pact includes an eight-hour miniseries based on the first two novels of the duo’s eight-volume “Chronicles of Ara” book series, with an option to explore the remaining books for a possible ongoing series and further spinoffs.

“‘The Chronicles of Ara’ is a fantastically imaginative series that explores the origins and repercussions of artistic creation. Its theme, of course, is perfectly suited for the only television network dedicated to the arts, but the story itself is so engaging and visual in its telling that it seems destined for a series,” said Scott Woodward, Ovation’s exec VP of programming and production. “We’re looking forward to working with Joel and Steve to bring their stories to Ovation viewers.”

The books center on Ara, a muse who inspires all of art and invention, but who is corrupted upon a tragic loss. Using parallel storylines, the characters include some of history’s more renowned “darker authors” — J.R.R. Tolkien, Mary Shelley, Lewis Carroll, H.G. Wells, Edgar Allan Poe — as they are writing their greatest creations.

“Our logline springs from there,” says Eisenberg. “The end of the world begins when man is betrayed by his greatest creation: his art. What better outlet than Ovation, a network devoted to the arts and culture, to explore this concept?”

Hillard adds that “we run with the concept of dangerous art — all those video games, novels, music, lyrics and so on that parents and teachers say are bad for you — and we respond, ‘Okay, we agree. All art is dangerous. Now what? What of the wars and cultures art inspires. What then?'”

Both Eisenberg and Hillard are repped by Jon Levin at CAA. The book series is published by Topos Books, an imprint of the recently formed Incorgnito Press.

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  1. Olga Verro says:

    Congratulations to fellow writer who broke the glass ceiling with POD published book
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    I hope that my books to be published in 2016 would be noticed My new books – manuscripts– Historical Family Memoirs — are ready for publication: (1) NIKITA KHRUSHCHEV’S TEACHER REMEMBERS: Life in Old Russia and Soviet Union, Historical Family Memoirs Book One (my mother was Nikita Khrushchev’s teacher for two years at the time when he was just beginning his career in the Communist Party); (2) CHANCE, DESTINY OR THE WILL OF GOD: Occupied Ukraine and World War Two Germany, Historical Family Memoirs Book Two; (3) REFUGEES ADRIFT: Post-War Europe, Historical Family Memoirs Book Three.
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    Thank you.

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