Blackbirds Fly Out Of Your TV, Tell You How You’re Going To Die

So, heyyyyy.

I’ve been sitting on this for — *checks watch* — maybe a little while now, but…


Blackbirds is in development at Starz as a television show.

Brought to life by amazing creative humans David Knoller and John Shiban.

News at Deadline here.

News at Hollywood Reporter here.

No guarantee you’ll see it happen, of course, but I can tell you that what they’ve put together so far is an amazing — and appropriately faithful — adaptation of the book. They grok Miriam. Further, Starz is a helluva network. They’re a crafty, confident, and capable company.

All kinds of stuff I can’t really talk about yet, but fingers crossed this happens.

*stares at you until you cross all your fingers*


*stares more*


If you haven’t checked out Blackbirds yet, well, hey, now’s a good time:

Amazon | B&N | Indiebound

83 responses to “Blackbirds Fly Out Of Your TV, Tell You How You’re Going To Die”

  1. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH That’s awesome!!! I have turned myself into a human pretzel for this to happen!!

    That’s good luck, right? Well now I’m stuck so it better be…

  2. Wow. Well, Miriam is as made-for-premium-cable a character as Dexter or Tyrion Lannister, so that’s awesome. Don’t forget us little writer-people when you’re a gazillionaire, Chuck! πŸ™‚

  3. Wow, that is amazing news. I just finished Blackbirds (in two days… I only needed so long because at some point my body decided it needs sleep. Who the hell needs sleep?!) and it was a-fucking-mazing!
    I love Miriam!

  4. First: Holy crap! Second… HOLY CRAP. Yeah, that’s pretty much all I got. I don’t want to jinx anything, I want follow through… (and <3 Starz series)

  5. As I walk home today from work, I will tell all New York City pedestrians to cross both fingers and toes. (I’ll send you my hospital bill.)

    This is eight kinds of fantastic, Chuck. Congrats!

  6. I am now having an amazing day. πŸ˜€ Hurray for Starz picking up Blackbirds!!!!!!!!!

  7. It takes a whole roomful of writers pre-cursing to keep up with Chuck.

    Congratulations! I want to see this!

  8. Wow! Fabulous news! Miriam is definitely a great character for TV (as opposed to a movie, one installment – with TV, think of the stories you can tell!) Will you get to be part of the writing/creative staff for the show? Too weird if you weren’t so I’ll go ahead and assume yes.

  9. Holy crap! That’s amazing. Fingers crossed – I know how things work out here and if there’s anyone I want to see make it over the finish line, it’s you.

    Well, me. But you’re a close second and closer anyway.

  10. I recommended the books to a coworker. He LOVES them and loves Miriam. He has been HOUNDING me, asking several times “when is this going to be made into a movie or TV show?” When I tell him he’s going to be SO happy (as am I)!


  11. That is awesome, man. So are they going to have to get a new advisory at the beginning of the show? This show contains Violence, Adult Language and Wendig Language?

  12. Very cool news. In my own (mostly unsuccessful) adventures and misadventures in trying to write for television and movies twenty-plus years ago, I had some great times.

    The caveat, of course, is that for something to actually end up on tv or the movie screen, a thousand things have to go right. And there are ten thousand things that can go wrong.

    But even those first steps are a real thrill.

  13. Friggin. Awesome. I know this will be a huge success. HUGE.

    Probably way too premature, but I wonder whom they’re thinking about casting. Very exciting!

    Okay, and then someone needs to turn The Blue Blazes into a movie. Fo’ real.

  14. YAY!!!!! Fantastic news. All your hard work over the years in so many areas, now another arena for your magnificence. Really happy for you and hope to see it soon. As the phrase goes – from your mouth to God’s ears! Best of luck!

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