ACOTAR fans, unite! Author Sarah J. Maas‘ fantasy book series, A Court of Thorns and Roses (known as ACOTAR) has become one of the biggest literary phenomenons since the first book was published in 2015. Originally a trilogy — until its popularity spawned two follow-up novels — the series follows a 19-year old human girl named Feyre who is thrust into a fae realm full of magic and danger, where she inevitably falls in love with her captor.

Since the show’s rising popularity (thank you, TikTok), it was announced that the books would be adapted into a live-action series for Hulu, with the author acting as co-showrunner. However, things have since quieted down, leading fans to believe that the entire show has been axed. Keep reading to see why, what the author has said and more. 

Will There be ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ Show on Hulu?

Hulu revealed the news of their adaptation of A Court of Thorns and Roses in March 2021, with author Sarah J. Maas acting as the show’s co-showrunner and cowriter, along with cowriter Ron D. Moore, who is best known as the creator of another romantic fantasy series-turned-TV show, Outlander.

At the time, Sarah took to Instagram to confirm that the pilot was in the works. “I’m currently hard at work writing the pilot with Ron,” she wrote in the post, calling Ron one of her “creative idols.”

President of Hulu Originals & ABC Entertainment Craig Erwich, discussed the series at the Television Critics Association press tour in January 2022. “The books are a great roadmap for what I think will be a very successful series,” he said. “I haven’t read the material yet, although I’m very aware of a lot of the conversations going on with the show … Ron is truly one of the visionaries of that genre.”

Was ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ Hulu TV Show Axed?

Since the show’s announcement, news of its progress has been kept tightly under wraps. It wasn’t until September 2023 that fans started to raise eyebrows, after Sarah deleted her original Instagram post from March 2021 announcing the Hulu adaptation.

However, cowriter Ron D. Moore recently confirmed to TVLine that the show is still in the works in November 2023.

“It’s still in development. We’ve written some scripts, and we’re just sort of waiting,” he revealed. “I think the whole town is kind of waiting to see if we have actors before things really move forward, but it’s still in development.”

In February 2024, TVLine reported that the the TV series is no longer in the works at Hulu — however, multiple other reports confirmed that “technically,” the show is still in development. Per Variety, it appears the show isn’t in “active development,” which isn’t very promising for fans.

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