Before the acclaimed sci-fi author died in January 2018, she gave her blessing for producers to turn Earthsea into a film series. Plans, however, changed and a new TV series adaptation will be made. Earthsea was originally made as a Sci Fi Channel miniseries in 2004, with Le Guin co-writing the scripts. As Deadline explains, "the book series, which has drawn comparisons to J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings saga, is composed of five novels and eight short stories set in a fantasy archipelago of hundreds of islands, imperiled by those who use magic to gain power and upset its delicate balance. Most of its characters are people of color, and the emphasis is on understanding nature and human nature, not possessing power over them."