20 Fantasy Adaptations That Could Be Bigger than Game of Thrones

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Six of Crows. Image via Macmillan books

15. Six of Crows

The Book: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

The Story: Imagine if Ocean’s Eleven was set in a fantasy world.

Six of Crows is set in a fantasy version of Europe, like if the whole place was built off a magical Tsarist Russia. The main character is Kaz Brekker, a thief in the criminal underworld known as “Dirtyhands.” He is promised a large sum of money to kidnap a scientist, and recruits a crew straight out of Danny Ocean’s dreams: five other members of the criminal underworld with shady pasts and useful skills, like acrobatics, sharpshooting, fighting, etc.

The gang of criminals and misfits need to work together to break into the Ice Court, which is held under a military stronghold and kidnap the scientist who has magical capabilities and try to escape. The series is a duology, meaning only two books: Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom.

The Adaptation: While the whole young adult story, friendship and romance is begging for the CW treatment, the fact that the story is an action-packed heist means it could just as easily translate to a more traditionally ‘adult’ network. It could be the fantasy version of TNT’s Leverage, with the same concept of a misfit team of criminals.