Today was a good day for Young Adult authors Sarah J. Maas and Ashleigh Powell, because their stories and characters could be coming to life.
Constantin Film — best known for the Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments television series and adapting Capcom’s Resident Evil video games — have picked up Maas’ bestselling novel A Court of Thorns and Roses for the big screen. Deadline reports Piers Tempest and Jo Bamford of Tempo Entertainment is working with the German-based production. There isn’t a cast or director named, but Rachel Hirons (Kiss Me First) is attached to write.
A Court of Thorns and Roses tells the story Feyre — a 19-year-old huntress who kills a wolf in the woods. She was taken by a beast who wants vengeance for the fallen prey. Feyre finds out he is an immortal Tamlin that used to rule the world. The trilogy has been described as Beauty and the Beast meets Game of Thrones.
Meanwhile, Powell has inked a deal with Columbia Pictures to bring The Hazel Wood to start production, according to The Wrap. Red Wagon Production's Lucy Fisher and Doug Wick are serving as producers, and VP Lucas Weisendanger will be overseeing the project. You might recognize the title because The Hazel Wood has been on the New York Times Young Adult bestseller list for the last seven weeks.
The story follows 17-year-old Alice, who lives on the road with her mother and a cloud of bad luck always looming over them. Her grandmother, who’s famous for writing dark fairy tales her mother forbids her from reading, the Hazel Wood, dies alone at her estate. Alice finds out that the stories were real and her mother is abducted by someone who claims to be from the books. The only clue Alice has to find her mother is a note she left: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”
Are excited to see these YA novels get the film treatment, or are you worried the studios will fail to execute the source material accurately?