Netflix are developing feature film adaptations of Rick Riordan‘s Kane Chronicles. Riordan, who also wrote the Percy Jackson series, is reportedly developing the series himself.
The books explore Egyptian gods in the modern world through the eyes of Sadie and Carter Kane, powerful magicians descended from the two pharaohs Narmer and Ramses the Great. The first of the three books in the series is The Red Pyramid, which was published in 2010, followed by The Throne Of Fire and The Serpent’s Shadow.
It’s easy to see why Netflix are drawn to this sort of fantasy series. Every streamer is looking for the next Game Of Thrones – usually by just latching onto another high fantasy series – or a similar film franchise, and books with a built-in audience that already have sequels is exactly what they’re looking for.
This isn’t the only adaptation of Riordan’s books in the works. Back in May, Riordan announced that he and his wife Becky Riordan were developing a Percy Jackson series for Disney+. The first two books of the series were previously adapted into films at Fox, but Riordan has gone on record to say that he wasn’t too fond of them.
Now he’s got the chance to develop the adaptations himself, so we’ll see how Percy Jackson differs from the previous movies, and whether The Kane Chronicles can become the sort of film franchise Netflix has been clamouring for. They’ve commissioned sequels to films such as Bright and teased one at the end of The Old Guard, but they haven’t yet found that hit series. Who knows, maybe this is it.