We’ll soon be arriving two years after Netflix first announced it was producing movies based on Rick Riordan’s The Kane Chronicles. Although this is very little official news, we still know a lot about the upcoming movies. So here’s everything we know about The Kane Chronicles on Netflix.
Netflix first announced the project at the end of 2020. It was officially announced to the public in September 2020, although they have been working with Netflix since October 2019.
In this deal, Netflix has both the film and TV options/rights to adapt all three books. Although Netflix has the TV rights, they are expected to turn the books into movies, starting with The red pyramid (more on that in a second).
All projects are expected to be live-action films produced by Mythomagic, Inc., a production company founded by Rick and Becky Riordan. The duo work on the projects and act as “custodians of the source material”.
On Rick Riordan’s website it says:
“Rick and Becky have sold the Kane Chronicles TV/Film rights to Netflix for development into a feature film series. Rick and Becky are currently producing a live-action adaptation of the first book The Red Pyramid. At the moment the script is being written by our screenwriter, who is based in London.
What is The Kane Chronicles about?
The Kane Chronicles is divided into three books:
- The Red Pyramid – Published in 2010
- The Throne of Fire – Published in 2011
- Shadow of the Serpent – Published in 2012.
Often compared to the Percy Jackson series, the series is very inspired by the mythology of ancient civilizations, in this case ancient Egypt.
The story takes place in modern times where siblings Carter and Sadie Kane are taken in by their uncle Amos after the disappearance of their father, Julius, an Egyptologist.
Learning of their family’s rich magical heritage, the siblings also learn that they were chosen as “hosts” for the Egyptian gods Horus and Isis, respectively. Soon finding themselves on the run from an ancient Egyptian order of magicians, Carter and Sadie stumble upon a diabolical plot to destroy the entire North American continent.
Where is The Kane Chronicles in development at Netflix?
Thanks to Rick and Becky Riordan, we actually have a pretty good idea of where the movie is in terms of development. Unfortunately, however, as of August 2022, it’s entirely true that the title is still in active development and a long way from releasing or even entering production.
In December 2020, just months after the initial announcement, Becky Riordan posted to say:
“I read the updated Netflix script for the Red Pyramid before a meeting and I like the changes. Small thing? Remind me what color Muffin is supposed to be? I thought she was a yellow Mau or tabby or is is it just the artwork? Does it look different in other countries?
In March 2021, a blog post by Rick Riordan gave us a major update on the Netflix movie:
“The Red Pyramid feature film project at Netflix is still in the script review phase, but we’re making good progress. Our wonderful scriptwriter has done a second pass, and now we’re working with our production team and the scriptwriter to bring it into shape. so that we can send it to our studio partners. If you’ve been following this far, you can guess what’s next. The studio will have notes for us too. We’ll get to those. The script will probably go through some revisions (Like writing a book!) Once everyone is happy with it, we’ll start talking about next steps, but I imagine (just a guess) we still have a few more months before we get to that The script is like the foundation of your building. It has to be absolutely solid for us to make a great movie out of it. And just a reminder, we are planning a live action feature based on r Kane Chronicles I: The Red Pyramid.
In July 2021, a blog post says they’re still working on notes, but more interestingly, Rick talked about the whole process, calling it “trial by fire!”.
A few months later, in October 2021, a new blog post updated us on those scripts that were sent to Netflix. The post concluded that they were looking for a second-pass screenwriter, saying:
“We also had good conversations with our production partners for this adaptation of the Netflix feature as we seek to identify the best screenwriter for a second pass on the script. We have great leads and should be doing a rewrite soon. Again, that’s pretty normal for the screenwriting process. Different writers bring different strengths to the project, and we want to make sure we have the script in the best possible shape before moving on to the directors. We remain very excited about the possibilities, as are our partners at Netflix! »
In June 2022, Becky Riordan said“Our screenwriter is hard at work on the revised script for The Red Pyramid.”
The most recent update came in August 2022 when it was posted that Diandra Pendleton-Thompson was working on the current round of revisions with the message saying:
“This week we’re also awaiting the final draft of the script for The Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid by Diandra Pendleton-Thompson, and I can’t wait to read it!” She’s done a fantastic job of everything I’ve seen so far, which makes me even more excited to move this project forward at Netflix.
Diandra Pendleton-Thompson’s credits include Star Trek: Prodigy for Nickelodeon, Star Trek: Picardand stranger things Season 3.
Elsewhere, Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson franchise is getting the Disney adaptation treatment. This project is a little more advanced than Netflix’s with the next series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians. This is likely to release in 2024 and shoot throughout 2022. Daughter of the Deep is also getting a Disney+ adaptation.
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