The world seems empty of Harry Potter magic. With dystopia reigning large in the minds of teens nationwide -- popular video game Life Is Strange matches teen angst with a natural disaster and a murderous predator, while the latest PG-13 franchises all exist in sci-fi hellscapes -- the future of young adult fiction continues to look brutal.
After moving on from The Town and Blood Father to more youth-oriented fare with the final installments of The Hunger Games, screenwriter Peter Craig will work his bloody magic once again on an adaptation of M.A. Bennett’s S.T.A.G.S.
S.T.A.G.S. (short for St. Aidan the Great’s School) is populated by cliques, as is any boarding school. This English educational establishment is home to an even snootier brand of uppity Malfoys than we’re used to. Because this group, the Medievals, have decided to go all Most Dangerous Game on the other students.
Rich kid Henry de Warlencourt (don’t you already hate him?) invites nine newbies, including the protagonist Greer, to his country manor for the imposingly English activities of hunting, shooting, and fishing. Those subjects of the aforementioned activities are, you guessed it, the freshmen. It’s high school hazing meets The Purge, and it’s just realistic enough to be completely terrifying.
That’s what Fox 2000 hopes, as it’s producing what it hopes will be another entry in Craig’s successful line of teen murder stories. With the Maze Runner series coming to its conclusion, it’s unsurprising to find a rush from studios seeking the next blockbuster YA franchise.