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Is the TV adaptation of ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ actually happening?

ACOTAR TV series

A snap of Margot Robbie meeting up for coffee with a person believed to be author Sarah J. Maas has gone viral, whipping BookTok up into a state. Is their date proof that A Court of Thorns and Roses, the bestselling fantasy series from Maas, is being adapted for television? Will Margot Robbie star as Feyre? Or is she interested in producing the book series? Everything we know, below.

Will there be A Court of Thorns and Roses TV series?

Poor fans of A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR) have been put through the ringer. Considering the first novel in the five-part series came out in 2015, there's been a lot of interest in adapting ACOTAR for both the small and big screens. Unfortunately, these have amounted to little, plagued by false starts and dashed projects.

Back in 2015, the production company Tempo was vying to oversee an adaptation. Then Rachel Hirons was hired to pen the screenplay for the ACOTAR film, the first pages of which Sarah J. Maas posted to her Instagram in March 2018.

Following these tidbits, there was radio silence around the project up until 2021, when we learned that Outlander showrunner Ron Moore was co-writing the pilot episode for a series with Hulu. The last we heard, the project was still happening, however due to the SAG-AFTRA strikes the creators are only just hunting for the perfect cast now.

Who are your suggestions? Speaking to RUSSH Associate Publisher and Digital Strategy Director, Mia Steiber, she would have Jacob Elordi cast as Rhysand. However, DeuxMoi blind items suggest that Theo James or Thomas Doherty may be on the cards.

For Feyre, Katherine Langford's name has been tossed into the ring. Although, we'd even suggest her sister Josephine, who played Tessa in the After adaptations.

Is Margot Robbie producing the ACOTAR adaptation?

Maybe they were just bonding over a love of fantasy and coffee. Maybe it was a strategic business meeting. The truth is, no one – at least no one beyond the ACOTAR team – knows, and as has been proven, details around the series are being kept under wraps. Although, fans are pointing out that given the age of Feyre, it's more likely that the 33-year-old actor will be looking to produce the project through her production company LuckyChap, which is behind Barbie, Saltburn, Promising Young Woman, and I, Tonya.


How many seasons will there be?

If Ron Moore is to use the same format he did with Outlander, it means that there is potential for the ACOTAR series to consist of five seasons, one for each book

This would potentially look like:

  • Season 1: A Court Of Thorns And Roses
  • Season 2: A Court Of Mist And Fury
  • Season 3: A Court Of Wings And Ruin
  • Season 4: A Court Of Frost And Starlight
  • Season 5: A Court Of Silver Flames


What is A Court of Thorns and Roses about?

Comprising five books in total, the saga begins with 19-year-old hunter Feyre Archeron, who kills a wolf to feed her family. However, the wolf turns out to be a faerie in disguise, and Feyre is must choose to either offer her own life as payment for the one she took or live as a human prisoner in faerie realm of Prythian to pay for her crime. She's then kidnapped by the High Lord of the Spring Court named Tamlin, and slowly the two form a bond. However, there are dark forces at play across the land north of the wall separating human and faerie life.


Is there a release date?

Given that the showrunners have barely pinned down a cast or production company, it's not likely that the series will arrive anytime soon. Watch this space.


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