Complex characters, intricate plot, and thrilling action scenes make this Best Served Cold adaptation prime material for the big screen. Joe Abercrombie’s loyal fans are not-so-patiently waiting to see this brought to life and there are some big names attached that should give everyone reason to be excited.
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This page was updated: 8/5/23
About The Book:
Springtime in Styria. And that means war. Springtime in Styria. And that means revenge.
There have been nineteen years of blood. The ruthless Grand Duke Orso is locked in a vicious struggle with the squabbling League of Eight, and between them they have bled the land white. While armies march, heads roll and cities burn, behind the scenes bankers, priests and older, darker powers play a deadly game to choose who will be king.
War may be hell but for Monza Murcatto, the Snake of Talins, the most feared and famous mercenary in Duke Orso’s employ, it’s a damn good way of making money too. Her victories have made her popular – a shade too popular for her employer’s taste. Betrayed, thrown down a mountain and left for dead, Murcatto’s reward is a broken body and a burning hunger for vengeance. Whatever the cost, seven men must die.
Her allies include Styria’s least reliable drunkard, Styria’s most treacherous poisoner, a mass-murderer obsessed with numbers and a Northman who just wants to do the right thing. Her enemies number the better half of the nation. And that’s all before the most dangerous man in the world is dispatched to hunt her down and finish the job Duke Orso started…
Springtime in Styria. And that means revenge.
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Current Production Status:
The film is in development but further casting has been put on pause due to the SAG-AFTRA strike.
Best Served Cold Adaptation Timeline:
The book was first published in 2009 as a standalone story set in the same universe as author Joe Abercrombie’s First Law World.
In May 2023 it was announced that Tim Miller would be directing a film adaptation for Skydance, with Abercrombie having already written a screenplay for the project. Rebecca Ferguson was rumored to be in talks for the lead role.
During the press tour for the latest Mission Impossible movie in June 2023, Ferguson confirmed that she had joined the project. She also revealed that talks had been ongoing about who else would be cast before the SAG-AFTRA strike halted work on the film. There will likely be no further updates until the strike ends.
Who Owns The Rights:
Skydance is leading production on the adaptation.
Who Is Attached:
Rebecca Ferguson (Silo) is set to star with Tim Miller (Deadpool) attached to direct.
Who else who you like to see join the cast?
With the project still in the very early stages of development there are currently no known filming locations yet.
There is currently no estimated release timeframe made public as of Summer 2023 for when this movie will come to our screens.
Previous mentions on AiLL:
This books has not been featured on Alison in Libraryland before.
Other Adaptations From This Author:
This is currently Joe Abercrombie’s only novel in development for adaptation.
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