Drew Goddard adapting upcoming fantasy book Nevermoor for big screen

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Mar 26, 2021, 10:00 AM EDT (Updated)

The ever-busy Drew Goddard just added another interesting new project to his assignment board.

The writer, producer, and director who's been involved with some of sci-fi and horror's smartest and most successful movies and TV shows is going to write and produce an adaptation of the upcoming book Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow for the big screen.

20th Century Fox bought the rights to the tale last year, well before its publication date. Coming out this Halloween (Oct. 31), the Jessica Townsend-penned Nevermoor tells the story of a girl born on the unlucky day of Eventide who is blamed for all local misfortune, from hailstorms to heart attacks. Doomed to die on her 11th birthday as per her curse, Crow is discovered by a man named Jupiter North who whisks her away to a magical city named Nevermoor.

It is in Nevermoor where Morrigan can escape her fate and join the city's prestigious Wundrous Society. But to do so she must compete in a series of four dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each of whom possesses an extraordinary talent that Morrigan insists she doesn't have.

Projected as the first in a series, Nevermoor is described by its publisher as "perfect for fans of the Harry Potter series and Neil Gaiman." It was also apparently perfect for Goddard and Fox, who have been working together on various projects for quite some time.

Goddard was recently tapped by Fox to write and direct its X-Men spin-off X-Force, which will bring together a new team of mutants under the command of Deadpool and Cable. He also did some writing on Deadpool 2, and his other credits include Daredevil (which he developed for Netflix), directing and co-writing The Cabin in the Woods, and writing movies like The Martian, Cloverfield, and World War Z, along with multiple episodes of shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Lost, and others.

He's currently directing a period crime thriller, Bad Times at the El Royale, starring Chris Hemsworth and Jeff Bridges, after which he will presumably begin work on X-Force while handing off the script for Nevermoor to whoever gets picked to direct.

As for Nevermoor -- frankly, there have been a lot of children's and young adult adaptations in recent years, many of which ended up kind of floundering at the box office, so we'll have to see if Goddard can bring his magic touch to this one.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)