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Netflix and Game of Thrones creators’ next series is an award-winning book about trees

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is kind of like Game of Thrones but with trees

Bran sits in front of a Weirwood tree — Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 2
Bran in the godswood at Winterfell in Game of Thrones.
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Netflix has announced yet another new series inbound from Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. The pair will adapt Richard Powers’ Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Overstory, the company announced Thursday on Twitter, describing it as “a sweeping work of activism and resistance about a magnificently inventive world that a handful of people learn how to see and are drawn into.”

The Overstory, published in 2018, is a sprawling work that intertwines multiple stories involving a wide cast of characters and five very special trees. (It’s cool, really.) Much like Benioff and Weiss’ previously announced adaptation of The Three-Body Problem for the streamer, or the HBO series the duo is famous for, it’s the sort wide-angle, large-scale story the pair seem to have a taste for — albeit one with more literary fare.

The Netflix adaptation has a script by Richard Robbins — formerly of Good Girls Revolt and 12 Monkeys — and Hugh Jackman is among the producers involved, alongside The Overstory author Richard Powers, according to The Hollywood Reporter. (Jackman is thus far on board as a fan, and not a star.)

There’s no word on when to expect a premiere, or whether this will debut before or after the pair’s Three-Body Problem adaptation.

Skeptics will perhaps appreciate that both of Benioff and Weiss’ forthcoming projects have actual endings, though.