Stephen Colbert’s Spartina has joined Skybound Entertainment and Vincent Newman Entertainment’s existing partnership to develop The Chronicles of Amber as an ongoing fantasy series for television.
The Chronicles of Amber is a beloved, influential series of fantasy novels by Roger Zelazny, following the story of Corwin, who awakens on Earth with no memory, but soon finds he is a prince of a royal family that has the ability to travel through different dimensions of reality (called “shadows”) and rules over the one true world, Amber. The story unfolds over ten books with two definitive story arcs: “The Corwin Cycle” and “The Merlin Cycle.” The series has sold more than fifteen million copies globally and has been credited as one of the main inspirations for Game of Thrones.
This new partnership is timely given George R.R. Martin’s recent Random Musings, published on October 11, 2022 – “…I am a fantasy fan, and I want more fantasy on television…Most of all, I want Roger Zelazny’s NINE PRINCES IN AMBER. I will never understand why Corwin and his siblings are not starring in their own show. And hey, if epic fantasy continues to do well, maybe we will finally get that. A boy can dream.”
“George R.R. Martin and I have similar dreams. I’ve carried the story of Corwin in my head for over 40 years, and I’m thrilled to partner with Skybound and Vincent Newman to bring these worlds to life. All roads lead to Amber, and I’m happy to be walking them,” said Stephen Colbert.
“Adapting one of my favorite book series of all time is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. Producing it alongside someone like Stephen Colbert, who is a true-blue super fan, is a thrill for me, and will be for anyone who’s ever listened to Stephen talk about fantasy,” said David Alpert, CEO, Skybound Entertainment. “We can’t wait to share this amazing story both with the legion of current fans like ourselves and a new generation of fans that will undoubtedly fall for Amber.”
“Having Stephen Colbert and his Spartina team join our cause is both a privilege and a thrill. Stephen, Spartina and the good folks at Skybound are as true of fans of Amber as they are prolific storytellers. I couldn’t ask for a better dream team of partners as we bring the Amber universe to audiences around the globe,” said Vincent Newman.
The producing team will soon begin the search for a writer to adapt the series.
Executive Producers for Spartina will be Stephen Colbert, Carrie Byalick, Evelyn McGee Colbert, and Tom Purcell; for Skybound Entertainment will be Robert Kirkman, David Alpert, and Rick Jacobs; and VNE will be Vincent Newman.