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Babel Adaptation: Everything We Know About The Exciting New Project

Fans of the book can rejoice as a highly anticipated Babel adaptation is in the works and set to transport us into a world of mythical wonders, political intrigue, and complex moral dilemmas. Babel, has enthralled readers with its intricate world-building, fierce characters, and gripping narrative. It will be fascinating to see how the power of written translation can be portrayed on screen in a way that showcases the powers involved.
 
Hopefully we won’t be waiting too long as anticipation continues to mount for the incredible storytelling, breathtaking visuals, and deep emotional resonance that made the book an instant classic.
 
Don’t forget to check out the masterlist of all the EWKSF adaptation posts here on Alison in Libraryland!
 
This page was updated: 5/15/24
 

About The Book:

Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators’ Revolution
Traduttore, traditore: An act of translation is always an act of betrayal.
 
1828. Robin Swift, orphaned by cholera in Canton, is brought to London by the mysterious Professor Lovell. There, he trains for years in Latin, Ancient Greek, and Chinese, all in preparation for the day he’ll enroll in Oxford University’s prestigious Royal Institute of Translation—also known as Babel. The tower and its students are the world’s center for translation and, more importantly, magic. Silver-working—the art of manifesting the meaning lost in translation using enchanted silver bars—has made the British unparalleled in power, as the arcane craft serves the Empire’s quest for colonization.
 
For Robin, Oxford is a utopia dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge. But knowledge obeys power, and as a Chinese boy raised in Britain, Robin realizes serving Babel means betraying his motherland. As his studies progress, Robin finds himself caught between Babel and the shadowy Hermes Society, an organization dedicated to stopping imperial expansion. When Britain pursues an unjust war with China over silver and opium, Robin must decide…
 
Can powerful institutions be changed from within, or does revolution always require violence?
 
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Current Production Status:

This project is in the very early stages of pre-production with it being announced in February 2024.
 

Babel Adaptation Timeline:

The book was published in August 2022 and debuted in the first spot on The New York Times Best Seller List.
 
In February 2024 it was announced that Wiip (The Summer I Turned Pretty) had optioned both the film and television rights for a planned adaptation with Temple Hill Entertainment (Twilight) attached to produce.
 

Who Owns The Rights:

Independent studio Wiip currently owns the adaptation rights for both film and television.
 

Who Is Attached:

As of December 2023 there have been no casting announcements or names attached to the film.
Who would you like to see cast? Leave your dream casting in the comments!
 

Filming Locations:

With the project still in the very early stages of development there are currently no known filming locations yet.
 

Estimated Release:

There is currently no estimated release timeframe made public as of Spring 2024 for when this movie will come to our screens.
 
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Previous mentions on AiLL:

This book has not been featured on Alison in Libraryland before.
 

Other Adaptations From This Author:

The Poppy War series was optioned in 2020 but there has been further development information about the project.
 
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Happy Reading!!
~Alison

babel adaptation

Babel Adaptation: Everything We Know About The Exciting New Project

 
Hi there! I’m Alison in Libraryland, and I’ll be here for all your book related needs. Many of you know me as the girl with the book recommendations. Don’t be shy! Ask me! If you’re looking for a good book or movie adaptation, let me help you find it. I’ll be here for all your literary needs. This is a book blog run on an obsession for shiny new books, worn-through old classics, and all attempts at moving those stories to the screen, just like this Babel adaptation.

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