Fans of Eliza Dushku, most famous for playing Faith, the rogue vampire slayer in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel,” will be happy to hear that she’s planning a return to the small screen in a major role. Dushku’s production company Boston Diva Productions has partnered with David Goyer’s Phantom Four to make a TV show based on Glen Cook’s venerable fantasy series “The Black Company.”
“The Black Company” is a dark fantasy series following a band of mercenaries as they do work for the highest bidder in a fantastical world. The gimmick of the series is, instead of following a central group of heroes, the books stick with the company itself. As its members have changes of heart, are killed in brutal ways, or retire from mercenary life, they are phased out of the central cast, though many characters reappear later in the series. In addition to her role as producer, Dushku will star as The Lady, a ruthless ruler who manipulates the Black Company into furthering her own political goals.
Eliza Dushku has had a steady stream of roles in smaller projects since her last big project “Dollhouse” was cancelled in 2010, but “The Black Company” marks her big return to starring in fantasy projects.
“The Black Company is vast in scope yet remains fundamentally relevant through the morally ambiguous choices it presents at every turn,” said Dushku. “We are excited to bring Glen Cook’s classic story to life with Mark and David, luminaries in the cinematic pursuit of science fiction and epic fantasy, who will inevitably assemble poignant characters embroiled in jaw-dropping action.”