Burn: Dangerous Robotic Improvement of the TV adaptation of the Patrick Ness Novel

JJ Abrams will produce the show about a poor family forced to hire a kite to run their farm.

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Bad Robot who recently turned around Matt RuffHigh concept horror novel Lovecraft Land into a well-received series, the televised treatment gives rise to another bizarre book. The production company develops Patrick Ness‘ Novel Burnabout a poor family who were forced to hire a kite to work on a television series during the Cold War.

As reported by Deadline, Ness, whose previous credits include the script for the 2016 film A monster is calling, will write the adaptation and also act as executive producer JJ Abrams and Bad Robot’s Head of Television Ben Stephenson. The genre-bending story follows a teenage girl named Sarah Dewhurst, who lived as an outcast with her father in Frome, Washington, in 1957. Sarah’s father has to bend down to hire a kite, a frowned upon practice reserved for the extremely poor to work their farm. Sarah unexpectedly connects with the dragon, who, despite the long-held belief that dragons are soulless beings, appears intelligent and protective. Throw in an ancient prophecy, dragon cult, and the FBI, and you have an extremely unconventional TV series novel of your own.


There’s no word on where the show could end, though Bad Robot has recently produced several high-profile series for HBO and HBO Max, including Lovecraft Country, Guardian, and Westworld. The company is also lagging behind Little voice as well as the upcoming Stephen King Adaptation Lisey’s story, both on Apple TV +, so either platform seems like good choices for Burn. For more news on what’s on TV, click here to watch the new trailer for The CW’s Walker, Texas Ranger Restart with Jared Padalecki.



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