Pan Macmillan author Lucinda Riley’s The Seven Sisters series has been optioned for a multi-season TV series with LA production company Raffaella Productions.
Loosely based on the mythology of the star constellation known as the Pleiades (‘The Seven Sisters’), Riley’s series brings 'the sisters' into the modern world. Two novels from the series - The Seven Sisters (2014) and The Storm Sister (2015) – have been published to date and the third, The Shadow Sister, will be published in the UK this November.
Producer Raffaella de Laurentiis came across the books during production for a sci-fi action thriller which also features a story of seven sisters, "What Happened to Monday?"
de Laurentiis, whose films include Conan The Barbarian and its sequel, as well as David Lynch’s Dune, Tai-Pan, said: "While Riley’s story line is completely different from "What Happened to Monday?", the book’s title and the seven sisters connection compelled me to read it. Though "What Happened to Monday?" deals with seven sisters in quite a different time and setting, the coincidence was just too much to resist. I immediately fell in love with Lucinda’s story.”
Irish author Riley is a New York Times bestselling author whose books have sold more than 8m copies in 39 languages.
Pan Macmillan publishes The Seven Sisters series as well as Riley's standalone novels. Her most recent standalone novel, The Angel Tree, was published in November last year. The next, The Olive Tree, is out on 14th July. She has just completed research on The Pearl Sister, the series’ fourth book.
Jeremy Trevathan, publisher for Pan Macmillan, said: “I'm so delighted that Lucinda's sweeping romantic saga of seven sisters will reach the screen. Her books are so visual that I can see how well they would work for television.”