Sam Raimi Developing Wizard’s First Rule


“Spider-Man” franchise director Sam Raimi is teaming with Disney-ABC Domestic Television and ABC Studios on a new first-run, live-action weekly series targeted for a fall launch, says The Hollywood Reporter.

The series, titled “Wizard’s First Rule,” is based on Terry Goodkind’s best-selling epic fantasy series “The Sword of Truth.”

“Sword” follows the extraordinary transformation of woodsman Richard Cypher into a magical leader who joins with a mysterious woman to stop a bloodthirsty tyrant.

Raimi is executive producing the hourlong series with Robert Tapert (The Grudge), Joshua Donen (The Quick and the Dead) and “Xena: Warrior Princess” production executive Ned Nalle. Disney-ABC Domestic TV is distributing, and ABC Studios is producing.

Production on 22 episodes is slated to begin in May.

“Wizard’s First Rule,” Goodkind’s first installment in the “Sword of Truth” series, was published in 1994, followed by 10 additional titles.