Fox Animation Studios (Anastasia, Titan A.E.) has picked up the pre-emptive movie rights to an upcoming children's graphic novel titled The Witch Boy.
Slated to be released by Scholastic Press on October 31 (Halloween, baby!), The Witch Boy hails from Molly Knox Ostertag, who works as a designer on the Disney Channel series Star vs. the Forces of Evil. Overseeing the project for the studio is Fox senior executive Darlene Caamaño Loquet.
So, what’s The Witch Boy about? Here’s the intriguing synopsis, which I'm sure will appeal to Harry Potter fans:
Witch Boy centers on 13-year-old Aster, whose family raises all their girls to be witches and boys to be shapeshifters. Anyone who dares cross those lines is exiled. The boy hasn’t shifted, and he’s fascinated by witchery. When a mysterious danger threatens the other boys, Aster knows he can help … but as a witch. With the help of a non-conforming friend, Aster will have to find the courage to save his family while also be true to himself.
The Witch Boy will be Ostertag’s first solo endeavor. She has previously co-written a sci-fi graphic novel titled Shattered Warrior with author Sharon Shinn. Ostertag also illustrates the Strong Female Protagonist web comic with co-creator Brennan Lee Mulligan
What do you think of the premise for The Witch Boy? Do you think it will make for a great movie?
(via The Hollywood Reporter)