×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Critical Content Developing Ursula K. Le Guin’s ‘Left Hand of Darkness’ as Limited Series (EXCLUSIVE)

Tom Forman’s Critical Content banner is developing Ursula K. Le Guin’s renowned science fiction novel “The Left Hand of Darkness” as a limited series.

Critical Content has optioned the rights to the 1969 book directly from Le Guin in a deal negotiated by Holly Frederick from Curtis Brown Ltd. The 87-year-old author will serve as a consulting producer on the project.

“Darkness” revolves around a human male’s mission to an alien planet known as Winter where the inhabitants have become androgynous with unusual mating rituals and gender characteristics that are fluid. The novel established Le Guin as a writer and as a feminist thinker. It won the Hugo and Nebula prizes for fantasy literature.

Forman, Andrew Marcus and Ray Ricord will exec produce the series. There’s no word yet on a writer for the adaptation.

Critical Content launched in January 2016 after the former Relativity Television was acquired amid Relativity’s bankruptcy proceedings by a group of private equity firms led by Anchorage Capital. The company, headed by Forman as CEO and Marcus as president, is known for unscripted cable series but has branched out into scripted with Freeform’s “Young and Hungry” and CBS’ “Limitless.”

Undoubtedly, Critical is hoping the strong response to Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” based on the Margaret Atwood novel, will whet the appetite among TV buyers for Le Guin’s allegory about sexual politics and power.

Le Guin novels “Earthsea” and “The Lathe of Heaven” have been previously adapted as film and TV projects.

More TV

  • Nic Pizzolatto, Matthew McConaughey28th Annual American

    Matthew McConaughey, 'True Detective' Creator Re-Team for FX Drama Series

    Matthew McConaughey and Nic Pizzolatto are coming together for a potential new TV series at FX. The “True Detective” collaborators have landed a script-to-series order for a drama series titled “Redeemer,” which Pizzolatto will write and in which McConaughey will star. Both will also executive produce the project. In addition, Pizzolatto has signed an overall [...]

  • 'Miracle Workers' Creator Talks Taking the

    'Miracle Workers: Dark Ages' Creator Talks Pivoting the Series Towards Medieval Times

    “Miracle Workers: Dark Ages” sees Steve Buscemi shift from playing God to a local excrement remover, and Daniel Radcliffe ditch his awkward angel for a soft-brained prince. Given the malleable nature of the TBS anthology series, creator Simon Rich was presented with a blank canvas for Season 2. Rich made the decision to leave behind [...]

  • THE BIGGEST LOSER -- "Time for

    From Trainer to Armchair Therapist: Bob Harper's 'The Biggest Loser' Journey

    Fitness expert Bob Harper spent a dozen years training contestants to lose a lot of weight in a short amount of time on the original, NBC incarnation of “The Biggest Loser,” a show he calls “the O.G. fitness reality series.” But in 2017 he suffered a major heart attack that had him rethinking his approach [...]

  • "2401" - Handsome airline pilot Peter

    TV Ratings: 'The Bachelor' Dips, Still Tops 'AGT: Chamions' and '9-1-1: Lone Star'

    Although “The Bachelor” dipped week-to-week, the ABC show still managed to top the TV ratings charts for Monday night. Episode four of the dating show’s 24th season scored a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49 and drew just under 6 million total viewers. That’s down around a quarter million viewers from last episode, but is still [...]

  • Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O'Brien, Other Hosts

    Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O'Brien, James Corden, More Hosts Pay Tribute to Kobe Bryant

    “Jimmy Kimmel Live” switched gears Monday night and spent the hour paying tribute to late Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant, making it one of several late-night shows that acknowledged his death. Every late-night show took time to acknowledge the news, particularly Los Angeles-based “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Conan” and “The Late Late Show With James [...]

  • Kobe Bryant Oscar Win Dear Basketball

    Kobe Bryant's Death Cuts Short a Promising Second Act in Entertainment

    In all things, Kobe Bryant was nothing if not exacting. He was driven, demanding and relentless in pursuit of greatness. His tragic death in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26 at the age of 41, an accident that also took his 13-year-old daughter and seven others, means that the entertainment industry will never know what [...]

  • Desus Nice, The Kid Mero. Desus

    'Desus and Mero' Duo to Receive Bronx Cheer at Museum Gala

    Daniel Baker and Joel Martinez, the pair better known as Desus and Mero, are set to receive a hometown salute on March 2 when they will be honored along with others by the Bronx Museum. The hosts of the Showtime late-nighter “Desus and Mero” will be included as part of the museum’s Visionary Duos gala [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content