The Orphan X Series Is Expanding With New Books and, Soon, a TV Series
Fans of the Orphan Program will get more from author Gregg Hurwitz on paper, and at some point, Evan Smoak will invade TV screens as Orphan X is adapted.
Gregg Hurwitz, the author of the Orphan X book series, has signed a deal with Minotaur Books to write three new books for the hugely popular series. The news, reported by Deadline, comes days before the latest Orphan X book, “Out of the Dark: The Return of Orphan X,” releases on January 29, 2019.
“The Orphan X series is hands down of the most exciting thriller series being written today,” said Andrew Martin, publisher of Minotaur Books. “Just ask any book seller, reviewer or reader — the accolades are deafening. We are delighted to be in the Gregg Hurwitz business for the foreseeable future – and a white-hot bright future it is!”
The Orphan X book series began in 2016 with “Orphan X,” then “The Nowhere Man” and “Hellbent” were released. Its main character, Evan Smoak, is a man who at the age of 12 was enrolled in an Orphan Program to become a secret government agent. His escape from the program led him to have to return in order to save a final Orphan from the government since they are attempting to wipe any trace that the program ever existed.
If the Orphan X books are new to you, it should not come as a surprise that they have been compared to the Jason Bourne and Jack Reacher franchises. And soon, Orphan X will get the small screen treatment, and we can all see if its similarities resonate from page to screen.
Orphan X TV Show Coming Soon
There is no release date known for the Orphan X TV show, but Gregg Hurwitz is going to work on the TV adaptation of his book series. He is also an executive producer on the project.
Warner Bros. did have rights to the Orphan X books, and Bradley Cooper was potentially going to star in the film adaptation. The Orphan X movie never came to be and that opened the door for a new rights owner to take over in 2018 – Makeready.
The Orphan X TV show, given Justin Lin’s recent deal to make TV shows for the new Apple streaming service, could end up on the Apple platform. But, of course, that’s just speculation. Time will tell where the Orphan X TV show winds up.
For now, Gregg Hurwitz has a lot of work to do with the three new Orphan X books and writing the adaptations scripts.