The Female Gladiator Novel THE VALIANT is Being Developed as a TV Series By The CW
The CW is developing a series adaptation of Lesley Livingston’s novel The Valiant, which is a story that revolves around a female gladiator.
The series will follow "a Celtic princess on the run from an arranged marriage and a sheltered life who is captured and forced into slavery under Julius Caesar. She ends up training among the first wave of female Gladiators to compete in the Colosseum for fame, fortune and, ultimately, her freedom."
It sounds like a cool project that could turn out to be an awesome series. But, it seems like the kind of show that would be better off being developed by a cable network or streaming service. Places like HBO, Starz, and Netflix tend to give their shows a decent budget and give the creative team more freedom to realize their vision. But, who knows, maybe The CW will surprise us and give us an epic series.
The series will be written and produced by Laurie Arent, who has worked on NCIS: New Orleans, NBC’s Life and Lifetime’s The Client List. I've never seen any of those shows, so I can't really comment on if she's a right fit for the job, but it definitely sounds like a great gig!
I'm actually really curious to see how this series turns out. I'm intrigued by the concept and I'll definitley be tuning in to watch.
Here's the full description from the book:
Fallon is the daughter of a proud Celtic king and the younger sister of the legendary fighter Sorcha. When Fallon was just a child, Sorcha was killed by the armies of Julius Caesar.
On the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Fallon is excited to follow in her sister's footsteps and earn her place in her father's war band. She never gets the chance.
Fallon is captured and sold to an elite training school for female gladiators—owned by none other than Julius Caesar himself. In a cruel twist of fate, the man who destroyed Fallon’s family might be her only hope of survival.
Now, Fallon must overcome vicious rivalries, deadly fights in and out of the arena, and perhaps the most dangerous threat of all: her irresistible feelings for Cai, a young Roman soldier and her sworn enemy.
A richly imagined fantasy for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Cinda Williams Chima, The Valiant recounts Fallon’s gripping journey from fierce Celtic princess to legendary gladiator and darling of the Roman empire.