While a Circe adaptation might not be the first choice of adaptations for Madeline Miller fans, it unfortunately looks like neither this nor ‘Song of Achilles’ will be appearing on screen any time soon. With the rise of of a book-centric internet fandom, Madeline Miller is at the top of the list for authors who benefited from older books going viral and leading to renewed interest.
Circe seemed to be the project that had more work being done on it, although it wasn’t much, but a changing landscape in the streaming and television world thanks to a merger has likely put an end to the current mini-series expected.
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This page was updated: 7/29/23
About The Book:
In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child – not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power – the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.
Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.
But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.
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Current Production Status:
This movie is currently in the very early stages of development.
Circe Adaptation: Timeline:
The book was first published in April 2018. The next year, in July 2019, it was announced that HBO Max was working on a Circe adaptation which would be an eight episode mini-series. Despite the viral popularity of Madeline Miller in 2020-2021 there have been no further updates.
The Warner Bros. & Discovery merger have made most HBO Max projects vulnerable to cancellation. Because there has been no news on this project for years, it’s likely this series has been shelved for the time being.
Who Owns The Rights:
Chernin Entertainment and Endeavor Content are the production companies attached. HBO Max has the distribution rights.
Who Is Attached:
Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver were announced as writers and producers.
This project is in the early stages of development which means there are no filming locations.
This project is in the early stages of development which means there is no estimated release date yet.
Previous mentions on AiLL:
Other Adaptations From This Author:
‘Song of Achilles’ has had it’s screen rights purchased but there has been no news on the project for over 7 years.
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