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Universal to adapt fantasy novel The Cruel Prince from Spiderwick author

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Jun 28, 2017

Fans of The Spiderwick Chronicles rejoice! Author Holly Black’s upcoming fantasy novel The Cruel Prince will be developed for the big screen by Universal Pictures.

According to Deadline, Universal has won the auction for The Cruel Prince’s film rights, with Michael De Luca (Ghost Rider, The Social Network, Childhood’s End) producing through his production banner. Kristin Lowe will oversee the movie for Universal, while Lucy Winn Kitada will supervise the project for Michael De Luca Productions.

Set to be published on Jan. 2, 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, The Cruel Prince will be the first in a new book series called The Folk of the Air and follows the adventures of Jude and her two sisters, who were stolen in the wake their parents’ murder to live at the High Court of Faerie. Read up on the official book blurb:

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

Being early days, there’s no news as to who will pen the screenplay, nor when the movie is expected to hit the big screen, but I love how the story sounds like a mix of Labyrinth meets the Dark Crystal (and I really loved those two movies) and that “it has flourishes of Alice in Wonderland and Pan’s Labyrinth.”

What do you think about The Cruel Prince gettting a big screen adaptation?

(via Deadline)