On release date and cast, who’s working on the show & what people are saying about the upcoming Sarah J Mass A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR) TV show adaptation on Hulu
A huntress. A “beast” of faerie. And a shadow enveloping the world. In March 2021, news of a new adaptation of Sarah J Maas’s A Court of Thorns and Roses book into a series caused a huge stir in the Maasiverse. Here’s everything we know about the upcoming ACOTAR TV show by Hulu.
Latest Update: ACOTAR Hulu Has a Pilot Episode
A short while after our ACOTAR Hulu update went live, a sneaky “Episode 1” appeared on Sarah J Maas’s A Court of Thorns and Roses episode list, which means they’ve completed the Pilot. But we don’t know when or where. It’s all very hush-hush.
Hulu’s keeping this one under wraps because ACOTAR is set to redefine the fantasy genre – most fantasy fare out today is Young Adult stuff (Shadow & Bone etc.), which is great, but SJM’s A Court of Thorns and Roses is going to smash that to bits with a full-on (steamy) adult fantasy romance. Which will probs break the internet (and TV).
Plus, you know, this is actually Hulu’s first foray into full-on fantasy, so they want to be sure and get it right. For the moment, we’re watching ACOTAR’s producer Ronald D Moore’s company Tall Ship Productions, and especially his co-producer Maril Davis’s Twitter accounts very closely (she often shares Outlander stuff there, and we’re hoping some ACOTAR news, cast or filming location might inadvertently slip through).
But we do quite a bit about ACOTAR Hulu already. You can get all the juicy details below
Upcoming ACOTAR TV Show on Hulu
After selling over 12 million copies of her books, translated into 37 languages, and winning 7 literary awards from 18 nominations, Sarah J Maas is finally getting a TV adaptation. And it’s not Throne of Glass, but A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR) that’s been picked up by Hulu for a TV series.
It’s exciting because Maas is actively involved in the show as creator-writer, and she’s working with none other than Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek (Next Gen) and Outlander producer, Ronald D Moore. Plus this is a major foray into the fantasy space for Hulu, so keen to see what they do with it.
And, over the past 5 months at least, Maas has been meeting for 4 hours per day with the show writers, meaning the ACOTAR TV show is definitely in pre-production – maybe even moving to production…
Wait, So, Will There Really be A Court of Thorns and Roses TV show?
Yes! There’s been a lot of speculation and many people think it’s not real – perhaps because it’s already been 2 years since the announcement. But mainly because Sarah J Maas and Maasiverse fans have been let down before.
You might remember Maas herself posting on her Instagram about a potential adaptation of her other book series, Throne of Glass in 2016.
Well, that never happened… meaning TOG was probably never picked up by a studio. It doesn’t even have an IMDB page.
But the A Court of Thorns and Roses TV show is real and happening.
It was announced apparently by “accident” by Maas’s husband Josh when he posted a random sandwich pic with a note on the picture about an ACOTAR adaptation on March 26 2021. (Which funny enough was the last post from that account, ever, it seems.)
And Maas herself confirmed it all on Instagram the same day, and the news broke in the mainstream media directly after.
And, 19 months later, it was confirmed that Maas is working at least 4 hours per day, every day, meeting with the ACOTAR TV Show writers, Ronald Moore and a showrunner – confirmed in October 2022.
A Court of Thorns and Roses Premise
Set in a world where the fae has sequestered themselves from humans – for mutual protection. ACOTAR tells the story of a young human huntress, Feyre Archeron, who kills a wolf in the wild and is beset by a vicious “beast” and taken away to the mythical faerie lands of Prythian as punishment.
(That’s a nod to the original Beauty and the Beast inspiration for the book. But it then turned into something all its own.)
Feyre then learns her captor, Tamlin, is not so much a beast as one of the immortal fae. And he’s rather easy on the eyes and quite alluring. But then an ancient shadow rises. A threat so dire, it threatens all the lands of the fae, and Feyre might have the key to stopping it – or dooming Talin and his kind forever.
Watch: Maas on The Inspiration Behind ACOTAR
Sounds great! But announced in 2021 and it’s now already 2023 – what on earth is taking so long?
Sarah J Maas Devoting at Least 4 Hours Per Day on the ACOTAR TV Show
Like we said, it’s confirmed that Sarah Maas was spending hours every day on pre-production for the show, about six months ago. This was highlighted by TikTok user @randomvirgoreads…
@randomvirgoreads @hulu #acotar #sarahjmaas #booktok #hulu #acotarhulu #sjm #aCourtofthornsandroses #newyorktimes #acomaf #acowar #greenscreen ♬ original sound – Holly 📚 Random Virgo Reads
This checks out because Elizabeth Egan did write a piece on Sarah Maas in the New York Times (see it here) where Maas confirms it.
Who’s Working on the Show With Maas?
So far, we only know that Maas is working with the show writers and that Ronald D Moore is on board with the production – but not as the showrunner.
That’s quite exciting, though, since Moore was behind shows like Outlander on Netflix, and wrote and produced a lot of the Star Trek Next Generations-era movies and series (which are getting a third-season send-off on Amazon Prime in February 2023 – see it under the new sci-fi series in February), as well as Battlestar Galactica.
All of which just means, the ACOTAR TV show is in really good creative hands.
A Court of Thorns and Roses Cast
Now, there’s been a lot of speculation and fancasts. But, at the moment, there is no info yet on the cast for the ACOTAR series.
A lot of people are saying they hope to see the likes of Riverdale’s Madelaine Petsch, Warm Bodies’ Teresa Palmer or British actress Millie Brady as Feyre. And some want to see Vampire Diaries’ Ian Somerhalder or even Matthew Daddario as Rhysand, with maybe Liam Hemsworth or Mortal Instruments’ Jamie Campbell Bower as Tamlin.
But those are just hopes and fancasts, nothing concrete yet.
ACOTAR TV Series Release Date
There is also no official release date yet for A Court of Thorns and Roses on Hulu. But, maybe we can speculate a bit…
See, shows normally take around 16 months to produce. And we know that ACOTAR is at least in pre-production.
And, if you take into account that Ronald Moore knows his stuff – his most recent work, Outlander, was announced in July 2012 and aired in August 2014, that’s 2 years exactly. Well, then it’s not too much of a stretch to speculate that we might see an ACOTAR TV show somewhere between 16 and 24 months from now.
So, we could see A Court of Thorns and Roses as a TV show, perhaps between mid 2024 and early-to-mid 2025.
But that’s just speculation, we’ll have to wait and see.
About the A Court of Thorns and Roses Book Series
Set firmly in the Maasiverse, the ACOTAR books series is comprised of 5 books and tells the story of a human who’s first introduced into the legendary fae world, and then slowly but surely becomes one of the most integral and powerful parts of it herself.
The books are:
A Court of Thorns and Roses (Book 1)
Huntress Feyre is taken to the fae realm by “beast” Tamlin.
A Court of Mist and Fury (Book 2)
Feyre is haunted by the things she had to do to try and save Tamlin and his people, and the promises she made to Rhysand. But at least she has some cool new powers.
A Court of Wings and Ruin (Book 3)
The threat spills over from the fae worlds to Feyre’s homelands. And stopping utter destruction requires her to play a game of deceit, but can she really trust anyone among the fae lords?
A Court of Frost and Starlight (Book 4)
A companion novel to the main series that centres around preparation for the Winter Solstice. But all is not well among the fae court, things are brewing that could have grave impacts on the future.
A Court of Silver Flames (Book 5)
The story continues with Feyre’s sister Nesta, who has a fiery temper, often ignited by the battle-worn warrior Cassian. But that’s not all he sets ablaze when suddenly war is upon them again.
What People Are Saying About the ACOTAR TV Show on Hulu
“I hope someone had already mentioned @iansomerhalder for Rhys”
– @_taylorbacon, Instagram
“@therealsjmaas will you please do a worldwide open call for this show or at least nationwide in the US? I have to have the opportunity to work with you on this series. It’s brilliant and brought me back to fantasy after years of not reading the genre and missing it dearly. Thank you for such a gift. ❤️”
– @evaallenvo, Instagram
“I think that our little Sabrina should take part in the adaptation of the ACOTAR series. There were a couple of tweets on Twitter that she would be perfect for the role of Morgan. And I agree with this. But I also see her in a role like in the role of Elaina or in Feira Archeron. This is purely my opinion, and I really want her to play us there, which is good for her career @sabrinacarpenter @therealsjmaas @hulu”
– @demonic_syphilis07, Instagram
“I always end up picking up a series of books right before it comes out in a movie or show. I’m not even finished with ACOTAR yet, but I cant wait to see how they make this work”
– @puckfairyprincess9971, YouTube
“no actor will ever look as good as Rhys does in my head.”
– @jessechoi88, TikTok
“Idk why ppl expect it so fast 😭 taking a book to the TV is a PROCESS. A book and a script are SO different”
– @astraton, TikTok
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