Netflix has released the first teaser trailer and announced a release date for the highly anticipated Shadow and Bone show, based on the book series by author Leigh Bardugo. Netflix’s Shadow and Bone actually combines two of Bardugo’s book series – the fantasy-adventure trilogy Shadow and Bone and the duology Six of Crows, which chronologically takes place after the events of Shadow and Bone despite being set in the same world.
The Shadow and Bone Netflix show release date has been set for April 2021, so fans need only wait a few more months to see how this thing unfolds.
Eric Heisserer, the writer of the sci-fi film Arrival, is the showrunner and executive producer on the series while Lee Toland Krieger – who helmed the film Age of Adaline and set the visual style for the CW series Riverdale and Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina – is the primary director and an executive producer.
For fans of the book series curious how the Six of Crows timeline plays into Shadow and Bone, Heisserer explained in a statement to Netflix that for this series to work, they created new prequel stories for the Six of Crows characters:
“The books are all set chronologically, so we technically don’t get to events in the Six of Crows books until after the Shadow and Bone books have ended. So what Leigh and I had to do was essentially invent prequel stories for the key Six of Crows characters this season — Kaz, Inej, and Jesper — to fit alongside what is happening in the Shadow and Bone storyline. That’s been the heavy lifting.”
Rest assured, this was all done with the involvement of Bardugo, who is an executive producer on the series and further explained how they brought these two book series together:
“We’ve taken the stories of Shadow and Bone and the characters of Six of Crows and we’ve brought them together in what I think will be a really unexpected way. Eric and our writers’ room and our directors have built something entirely new that still somehow stays true to the characters and to the heart of the stories. And it wasn’t easy! Eric took two fantasy series — with powers and creatures and horrors and heists — and molded them into this cohesive, incredible thing. I don’t think I could’ve been more lucky in the person that we found to hand the keys over to. It wasn’t just the keys to a book or one series, it was a whole world I had been working on for the better part of my career. I didn’t do it lightly. I trusted him and I was right to trust him.”
Heisserer also teased that fans can expect certain characters who don’t meet in the books to cross paths in the Shadow and Bone show:
“I get most excited talking about certain characters meeting certain other characters — meetings that don’t happen in the books because they’re set on different timelines. But they happen in the show, and I believe those moments are meaningful.”
As for why the Shadow and Bone Netflix series will appeal to both book fans and new fans alike, Bardugo explained:
“When they watch this show, audiences are going to encounter a world that feels fully realized — but that doesn’t feel like any place they’ve been before. When I was on set, I didn’t want to leave. I wanted to stay in that world longer. This is a privilege that so few authors get, to see their worlds brought to life right in front of their eyes. When you start an endeavor like this, you don’t know what’s going to happen. To have your expectations surpassed, to see magic on top of magic, and to see things come to life in a way that is bigger and more beautiful than you ever could have hoped, it’s impossible to fathom.”
Stay tuned, folks. This could be the next big Netflix obsession. The Shadow and Bone show is produced by Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps Entertainment and stars Jessie Mei Li (Alina Starkov), Archie Renaux (Malyen Oretsev), Freddy Carter (Kaz Brekker), Amita Suman (Inej), Kit Young (Jesper Fahey), and Ben Barnes (General Kirigan).