Shane Brennan To Adapt Ian McDonald’s Sci-Fi Book ‘Luna’ As TV Series


In a competitive bidding, NCIS: Lost Angeles showrunner Shane Brennan and CBS Television Studios have secured the rights to Luna: New Moon, the first book in an upcoming science fiction series by Ian McDonald. Brennan is set to write the adaptation. CBS Studios, where Brennan is under an overall deal, will produce with Shane Brennan Productions. Brennan and McDonald executive produces, along with Grant Anderson, who runs Shane Brennan Productions.

Luna is set in the year 2110 on the moon, which over the previous 60 years has been colonized and industrialized. It is controlled by five powerful, highly competitive dynastic corporate families (known as the Five Dragons) who run their various business enterprises with an iron fist in a near-feudal society. The moon, under the control of the Five Dragons, is a lucrative source of valuable resources such as Helium-3, carbon, water ice and rare metals, which are exported back to Earth for huge profits.

Forty years ago, Adriana wrested control of the moon’s lucrative Helium-3 industry from the powerful Mackenzie Metal corporation. Now, in the twilight of her life, Adriana finds her corporation, Corta Helio, surrounded by the many enemies she made during her meteoric rise. If the Corta family is to survive, Adriana’s five children must defend their mother’s empire from her many enemies… and each other.

Australia-born Brennan joined mothership series NCIS at the beginning of Season 4 in 2006, taking the reins as showrunner the following season. He created spinoff NCIS: LA and ran both series for two years before focusing his attention solely on NCIS: LA, which landed a $2 million-plus episode off-network syndication deal with USA only seven episodes into its freshman run.

McDonald is an award-winning writer from Northern Ireland. Working mostly in science fiction, he’s had 18 novels and three story collections published in 23 languages. He also spent 16 years in television program development, ranging from documentary to children’s television to animation. Luna will be published September 22 by Gollancz (UK/British Commonwealth) and by Tor (U.S.).

Paradigm reps Brennan and Shane Brennan Productions and also reps McDonald on behalf of John Berlyne of The Zeno Agency.

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