Progeny… A TV Series?

So you’re telling me there’s a chance. That’s how I feel when I get news that rights to one of my books has been picked up by a television or movie production company. The road from book to film or television is loooonnnnggg and projects often don’t gain traction, but…

I’m thrilled that Ed Burns is now attached to a project to create a television series based on The Progeny. This is significant news and I’m grateful to Radar Pictures who has been sheparding this project.

Here’s the announcement as it appeared in Deadline Hollywood.


“Edward Burns’ Marlboro Road Gang Productions is teaming with Radar Pictures to develop bestselling author Tosca Lee’s The Progeny as a television series.

“Lee’s genre-bending books bring a modern twist to an ancient mystery surrounding Elizabeth Báthory, the 16th-century countess known as the world’s most notorious female serial killer. The story centers on Audra, a regular girl from Maine who is suddenly made aware that she is a direct descendant of “the blood countess.” She also discovers that a cabal of global assassins, sworn to wipe out the countess’ offspring, are on her trail. Her quest for survival takes her to the underground subculture of costumed rave parties in hidden caves and secret nightclubs of Europe.

“Elizabeth Báthory also is the subject of a drama series project that’s been in development at CBS, from Battlestar Galactica alum David Eick and producer Joel Silver.

“Burns and Radar recently teamed on Gang Leader For A Day, an adaptation of Sudhir Venkatesh’s best-selling memoir, which is now in development at AMC with Burns set to exec produce and co-star, and Ben Watkins writing the pilot and attached to showrun.

“Burns and Lubin, through Marlboro Road Gang Prods, are in post-production on Burns’ coming-of-age, ensemble comedy Summertime. Burns, along with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment, recently executive produced the TNT period cop drama Public Morals, which Burns wrote, directed and starred in.

“Radar Pictures is in post-production on Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and the Jon Hamm film High Wire Act and is developing The Wheel of Time series at Sony Pictures Television.”


Rejoice with me in this development and stay tuned for updates.

Please go to Deadline Hollywood and post a comment on the announcement to let them know you want to see this TV series! Leave a comment below and tell me who you’d like to see play Audra, Luka and other characters.

  • Stephanie Ludwig
    Posted at 18:20h, 24 August Reply

    This news is so exciting, Tosca! My own personal casting: Nina Dobrev as Audra, Jonathan Jackson as Luka. Not sure on the other characters, although I think Claudia might be hard to cast. Praying this happens for you, and that the integrity of the story remains intact for more readers and viewers to discover.

  • Sarah Armbruster
    Posted at 19:48h, 24 August Reply

    I could see Daniel Brühl as Luka if he were younger. Maybe Kaya Scodelario for Audra. I’m sure that when it happens, they’ll find actors that fit, though. I’m not terribly concerned. I’m more concerned with the writing. Lol.

  • Sharon Butcher
    Posted at 20:41h, 24 August Reply

    I am so excited for you. You deserve this. Great story, amazing characters. It should be a stunning series. I would never venture to guess casting. They do so much with dialog and costumes. Good Luck or Break a Leg. Showbiz won’t know what hit them when Tosca comes to town, LOL

  • Becky Herfkens
    Posted at 03:18h, 25 August Reply

    My ideal casting for Audra would be Saoirse Ronan. As for Luka, I don’t know, but I would love for him to look like Luka from 2Cellos….

  • Sharon Butcher
    Posted at 19:30h, 26 September Reply

    Jessica Biel as Audra. I just finished Sinners and she was riveting.

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