The world of Stranger Comics titles like Niobe, Dusu, and Erathune will soon be part of HBO’s fantasy lineup.
Deadline reports the cable outlets has struck a deal to being the world of Asunda, created by Sebastian A. Jones, to television. The series, currently titled Asunda, will center on Niobe, an orphan girl born of two ill-at-ease nations resembling western Europe and western Africa. Her life in a small desert town comes to an dramatic end. Now on the run, she searches for her ancestors and “the courage to bind them against an ancient enemy.” Jones will act as an executive producer and co-write the pilot. Mimi DiTrani will also executive produce.
Jones has been developing the world via his Stranger Comics for sometime. Niobe was first introduced in the 2013 series The Untamed. She received her own title as Jones continued to develop other comics based around other figures and regions within Asunda.
It is unclear how quickly Asunda will make it to screen, but it represents HBO’s continuing interest in genre stories as it charts a new course within the WarnerMedia family. Fantasy proved big business with Game of Thrones, and though a prequel to that series is in the works, it never hurts to diversify one’s genre portfolio. Especially as Amazon has a hold of The Lord of the Rings and The Wheel of Time.